“THAT STUDENTS ARE TALKING OR MOVING DO NOT MEAN THAT THEY DON’T LIKE YOUR CLASS OR THEY ARE LOOKING FOR TROUBLE. FOR SOME OF US, THIS IS HOW WE ARE AND HOW WE LEARN”
Classroom management is one of the biggest concerns for teachers around the globe. How can teachers manage a class with so many different learning styles? Well, the main concern for teachers is how to differentiate in a class with students who cannot be sitting or those who cannot stop talking. In spite of old teaching practices, nowadays we need students who are capable of learning by moving around. We need students who can talk, even when talking means to explain to other students or to present the lesson to peers. The challenge is that with some subjects is more difficult to plan activities like this. However, there are several strategies that we can start implementing in order to make our classes more likable.
According to the institute4learning, if you’re teaching or learning about the law of supply and demand in economics, you might read about it (linguistic), study mathematical formulas that express it (logical-mathematical), examine a graphic chart that illustrates the principle (spatial), observe the law in the natural world (naturalist) or in the human world of commerce (interpersonal); examine the law in terms of your own body [e.g. when you supply your body with lots of food, the hunger demand goes down; when there’s very little supply, your stomach’s demand for food goes way up and you get hungry] (bodily-kinesthetic and intrapersonal); and/or write a song (or find an existing song) that demonstrates the law (perhaps Dylan’s “Too Much of Nothing?”).
- When preparing the lesson, take into consideration the amount of time that students will be seating and plan some activities that would involve walking around. Some ideas could be to use Smart Boards and make students walk around comparing answers or collecting information. (All of this would depend on the subject and topic chosen to be taught). A resourceful tool is Kahoot or Quizlet. They are sites with educational platforms.
- Allow students to walk around the classroom after a certain period of time. If block periods are more than 45-50 minutes, give them a break or allow them to stand up. There are several supplies that the Language and Learning center can provide you for students with these needs.
- Give time for students to review the lesson and to be able to have discussions about it among peers. The more they can talk, the more they will learn.
- It is important to create a code in order to get students to pay attention to the instructor. For example, raising your hand and waiting for the whole class to do the same while remaining quiet.