Taken from 'Listening' theme
1) PAUSE When speaking to the class, use a PAUSE, (stop speaking for a few seconds) to draw attention to the next thing you say. The PAUSE is a very good way to get students to listen carefully to the next thing you say.
2) READ MY LIPS Tell the students that you are going to say one of a group of words (days of the week, months of the year, numbers 1-10, or a list of recent new words). Say the word without making a sound. Students must read your lips and guess the word. Then let students try the same activity in pairs.
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Taken from 'Young Learners' theme
Teach your students that when they see you fold your arms, they should fold their arms and stop talking. This is the best way to get quiet in the classroom. It’s much better than shouting or banging.
For classroom managment with young learners a surprisingly powerful tool to encourage good behaviour is simply to write their name on the board when they misbehave. You can add an unahppy face next to it if you want.
When they behave well then you can rub the name and face off.
Works wonders. It doesn't have to be done too sternly and the face gives it a bit of fun, even though it is a kind of discipline.
Taken from the 'Planning' theme (27th Aug - 15th Sept)
After the lesson, put comments on your plan about activities which worked or didn’t work. Keep your plans in a file or on disk. It’s easier to adapt a plan than write a new one. You may forget your good ideas!
Taken from the 'Teens' theme 30th July - 26th Aug
Put a suggestions box in the classroom, let students say what they think about the lessons. Don’t expect all the comments to be positive! Read and learn from the comments! Allow the students to let off steam!
Taken from 'Drama' theme 15th - 28th Oct
Collect a bag of old hats; police officer, nurse, farmer, explorer, clown, business person, chef, waiter, TV star, etc. which students can use when performing role plays.
They will find it much easier to ‘act’ a part when wearing a strange hat
Taken from 'Exams' theme
Use the Teacher’s Book for your course and the examination website to find out how examiners will grade the students’ work.
Apply the same principles in your teaching! (e.g. Look at pages 178-186 in First Certificate Gold by Richard Acklam with Sally Burgess.)
Something else that really works to get the children to quiet down is to to cover you mouth with one hand while the other hand is raised. I use this one and it really gets their attention quickly.