CREATING A WORKING ATMOSPHERE
The bridge from chaos to order in the classroom has four spans, each of which must be in place if the teacher is to guide his/her class across. These are:
- Effective lessons based on a well-conceived curriculum. The students’ work should be interesting, involving plenty of varied student activity. There should be something for every student to do all the time.
- Good organisational skills. Teacher must control the time and the space; improvisation is not allowed.
- Good teacher-student relationships. First establishing a fair, formal authority (which is legitimate) and then moving on to a personal relationship where the students wants to improve for his own sake and expecting teacher’s approval.
- Effective discipline (which is almost impossible unless the first three conditions are satisfied.)
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