Respect in the Classroom
You know from your own time at school that there were some teachers who you just did not mess around with.
Written by Shelley Vernon for EnglishClub
Learning how to earn your students’ respect is key to having a well ordered, properly managed ESL classroom. You know from your own time at school that there were some teachers who you just did not mess around with. These teachers have a natural authority without needing to rant, rave and shout at the class. This article gives you some key actions and behaviours that you can easily do to put yourself on the path to becoming THAT kind of teacher who has a well mannered classroom with no apparent effort.
Respect is a two-way street
Children do not respect a teacher who is not consistent. Therefore be consistent in your rules and your attitude. Above all, never play favorites. Good classroom management means the rules need to be in place for everyone, from the student with the best skills to the worst. If you play favorites, your students will know and they will think less of you for it. You also can’t slack off if you are having a bad day – this lets your students down completely, because they will never know how far they can bend your rules – which only encourages them to try.
Treat your students the way you want to be treated. This means that no matter what, you never embarrass your students or talk down to them. If you treat them this way they will not trust you and without trust you will have a hard time earning their respect. They need to know that you are in control of yourself and your emotions. If you, as an adult, cannot control your temper, why should they? Children really do learn by example; so part of your job is to be their living example.
If you care, they will
Give them hope
In most cases, if you publicly acknowledge a student’s good behavior, whether it’s in front of the class or a note home, the student will have a more positive feeling toward you and learning English. If you are always correcting a student, either in behavior or language skills, they will probably feel anger towards you. Remember there is always something good in everything and it’s your job to find it! If you can find a balance of giving negative and positive feedback to your students, they will truly respect you. For every negative piece of feedback, be sure to give a positive comment, too.
Written by Shelley Vernon for EnglishClub | November 2009
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