2 Presenters ALTs JTE Ashley Williams Lacey Love Ryan Love Nakayama Midori
3 Today’s Plan What’s the goal of classroom management? What works and what doesn’t workProblem Solving
4 Goals of Classroom Management Many people have different ideas about thisIt can mean something different to every teacherWhat do you think?
5 Goals of Classroom Management Our Idea:Teachers should manage the atmosphere of a classroom so that:it becomes a place of active learning and participationit fosters both individual and group thinkingteachers respect studentsstudents respect both teachers and each other
6 What doesn’t work… Yelling Yelling shows the class 2 things: 1. They’ve gotten to you and you lost your cool2. You are working against them, not with themYelling in English: they probably won’t understand youYelling in Japanese: they’ll probably make fun of your JapaneseYelling does not show or earn respect, even when the words are understood
7 What doesn’t work… Sarcasm Corporal Punishment It just doesn’t translateCorporal PunishmentDon’t hit kids!Being short-tempered/meanNot communicating well with your JTE/ALT about expectations
8 What works?Be a role model! Show your students the attitude you expect them to haveIf they have a “bad attitude,” don’t react with one. Keep your composure no matter what.
9 What works?If you are tired, sick, hungover, miserable, or anything else, leave it outside the classroomAs soon as you walk in the door, your “teaching persona” should switch on and you should become genki, cheerful, and confident
10 What works?Have you ever watched the Dog Whisperer?Oh no!!Dogs!!
11 What works?Students, like dogs, can sniff out your fear and lack of confidence.If you think they won’t listen to you, they probably won’t.Students instantly detect your lack of confidence/authority
12 What works? Bad dog owners… give their dogs whatever they wantlet the dogs become dominantdon’t enforce ruleslet dogs do whatever they wantAs a result, dogs are unhappy and become rebellious.They need structure to thrive.
13 Doesn’t that sound like teaching?! What works?Good dog owners…give their dogs clear jobs with clear guidelinesshow their dogs respect and lovehave rules with very clear consequences/rewardsAs a result, the dogs feel comfortable, trust their owners, behave well, and become happy and productive.Doesn’t that sound like teaching?!
14 What works?So, project confidence, kindness, and respect no matter what, like a good dog trainer does!
15 What works?If you:are inconsistenttalk down to studentstalk too far above their levelaren’t prepared for classshow no enthusiasmblur the line between teacher and student…they may not be on your side or respect you as a teacher.
16 What works? So, in a practical way, what works? Walking by a misbehaving student…Tap the desk of a sleeping student…Encourage pair/group work
17 What works? Take advantage of Japan’s love of group thinking Western classroom management often singles out studentsPositive and negativeHowever, in Japan, this often leads to frustration, tension, and a widening gap between ALT and student
18 Specific Problems Let’s solve specific problems. We will work in groups.Each group will get a problem and a paper to brainstorm some ideas on.After a few minutes, we’ll go over the ideas together.
19 Problem #1My students don’t like English and don’t participate in games. Even with stickers and prizes as incentive, they still cheat or don’t participate. The JTE wants more games, but I’m having trouble getting students to play them.
20 Problem #2My JTE translates everything I say and speaks too much Japanese in class. I think the students understand and don’t need all of this translation. I want more of an active role in leading the class.
21 Problem #3My class is controlled by a small group of baddies. No one participates, even with hanko points. To get them to answer, I have to draw names. I wish more students would participate.
22 Problem #4One class has a ringleader who doesn’t like me. He sleeps in class. The 8 boys around him do whatever he does. The JTE will touch his shoulder gently and ask him to participate, but this doesn’t help. I ignore his actions and teach around him, but other students are starting to copy his behavior. I'm not sure how to address this without insulting my JTE.
23 Problem #5Some of my students say mean and hurtful things to me in Japanese when I walk by them in class. Many of my students are nice, but the few who say mean things really hurt my feelings. My JTE doesn’t understand how hurtful this is, or if he does, he doesn’t know what to do.
24 Silent Class IdeasGive some kind of incentive for answering, such as stickers, hanko points, etc.Allow students to talk to a partner or group before answering/make the questions into a group competitionGive students cards when they walk in and ask questions that students with a specific suit have to answer (a competition between suits)
25 Silent Class IdeasBe perceptive about your class! Sometimes, a class is silent because there are too many students who are stuck sitting next to their worst enemies/secret crushes/frenemiesTry changing the seating chart (number them instead of ), or give them a card when they walk in that determines their seat at randomThis can make a big difference!
26 Noisy Class IdeasIf your classes are too noisy, they probably have a lot of energyHarness their energy!!Give them activities with lots of physical movement, competition, and stimulating props like videos, images, or audioDon’t try to stop their noisiness. Try to turn it into noise that’s working with you rather than against you.
27 Noisy Class IdeasIf there are problem students who actually like individual attention in your class, then it may be okay to single them out once in a while – but try to do it in a way that appeals to their need for attention for the groupFor example, in a class about gestures, I had a “problem student” who was making disruptive gestures to many students around the classroom…