1. Students names arrangement
Memorizing 90 or more different names every year is a real headache. That is why, as a novice teacher, you can use a map of your classroom. Before starting the course, you prepare a plan of the seats available in the classroom and on the first day of the class you arrange them with the names of the students.
The location of the students has to be flexible since there will be changes throughout the school year because it is obvious that there are students who do not know how to work together and there is no choice but to separate them.
The best thing about this plan is that it is perfect to create rapport with your students; There is nothing worse than not being able to address a student by name. every one of us hated to be addressed by “The one on the back” “The one with the big glasses.”
Not knowing the names of our students for weeks conveys that we are careless towards them, and may also be a sign of not controlling the environment of the class.
2. Decorate your classroom
You also should consider decorating the classroom a priority. The decoration is not just a residual thing, because the students appreciate entering a class prepared, clean and decorated. It doesn’t only mean decorating through using posters, but also painting the walls and writing quotes can be a perfect idea. Students will be glad to help you with this
Decorations may include plants in the classroom as they give the class a more relaxing and natural look.
3. Going to the bathroom
This issue must explicitly be clarified right from the beginning. You should explain to them that bathrooms should be gone to during breaks. Otherwise, we go when it is necessary. It actually works, because students bear in mind that they won’t be allowed to go anytime to the bathroom so they do it during the break.
4. Assigning homework
No one denies the importance of homework in fostering and reinforcing learning; however, when assigning homework, you should take into your considerations three main points.
First of all, you should try to be aware of your classes time table, because it will help you assign homework at the right time with the right quantity. It’s pedagogically inappropriate to give students homework on a loaded day, or a day they do sport on.
Homework difficulty and exercises number must take into account the other subjects the student will have homework in.
Finally, try to give homework that needs creativity and critical thinking, instead of direct questions which can easily be found on the internet or cheated.
5. Students should be assigned roles
Giving students titles makes them more appreciated and prideful. It also helps you as a teacher in managing your class easily. Try to assign as many roles as you can so that everyone will feel responsible and having a role to play. You can have absence monitors, classroom cleaners and so on. The best way to do this is to make them choose themselves.
6. Say “I don’t know” when you really don’t
It is hard to grasp and also apply, but the truth is you have to say it. Nobody owns the perfect knowledge, and nobody is “google”; therefore, we may be asked questions by students, we don’t have answers to, thus we had better say I don’t know or alternatively you can ask the student in question to do a research about it and share the answer with his class. If you make it up, you run the risk of making mistakes and making the situation worse. Besides, the kids are not dumb and they know when you’re making something up. Ideally, be honest, say that you do not know the answer, but we will look for it and the next day we will discuss it together.
Be advised to be strict about this point. Students must be accountable for bringing their pen cases, notebooks, textbooks and so on. Excuses can be accepted on the first days of school, but later on, everyone needs to have his own equipment. This aspect diametrically contributes to a conducive learning environment.
8. The Code of conduct
A code of conduct is like a constitution that spells out the rules of the class and articulates the rights and duties of the class. The code of conduct must be written, explicit and agreed upon by all class members. The best way to create one is to ask students questions such as:
What are the good things we should do in our class?
what are the bad things we shouldn’t?
9. Ask your colleagues for suggestions, advice and solutions
It is not shameful to ask for help from your colleagues/ You should learn the habit of asking others who are more experienced than you to provide you with their suggestions, advice or solutions to your issues. Sometimes, asking others can lead to getting creating and great ideas to invest in our classes.
10. Keep it as simple as you can
Try to remain simple in your lessons and explanations because it helps in making students fall in love with your subject. Also, don’t complicate things on yourself when to comes to planning and don’t be obsessed with making it difficult. Try to use games, cards, technology and anything that can contribute to the smoothness of learning and teaching within your class