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Class Management

2013/01/11

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher?

You'll almost always be asked this question in an interview.  You should probably think about your answer well in advance, but it's also very important on a personal level to know exactly what your strengths and weaknesses are in order to be proactive about managing your weaknesses or even working on those areas to make yourself a better teacher.

A common weakness for many native English teachers in Japan is class management.  Actually, due to the expensive nature of private school tuition, many students at private junior highs and high schools come from relatively well-off families (although not necessarily), but that does not mean that everyone is perfectly well behaved.  You will still find many talkative, noisy kids with various levels of motivation, and many native English teachers have trouble getting their students to respect them, follow directions, or maintain order in the classroom.

Teachers with poor class management skills may often become frustrated after a long day of interacting with excited children, trying to yell over the noise to calm their classes and resume the lesson.  I think realizing that class management is a weakness in your teaching ability is the first step to becoming a better teacher!

There are many online resources that describe what to do (and what NOT to do) in the classroom to become better at class management.  One of those websites is http://www.honorlevel.com/x47.xml .  There are several links on the left side that give useful advice about techniques that work, as well as advice about techniques that don't.  After reading websites like this, you may walk away pondering a few ideas about how to adjust your teaching style to manage the classroom more effectively.

If you have any useful websites or information for teachers, don't hesitate to let us know at recruit@educareer.jp .  We'll be looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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