Managing very young learners by Jo Bertrand, Jonathan Gutierrez Garcia …
Managing very young learners by Jo Bertrand
Teddy bears or puppets
Red and yellow cards
At the beginning of the class
Welcome students with their names
Have shy students to look after the teddy bears
Use teddy bears as props when showing new content
Have quiet music in the background
Establish toilet or drinking water rules
If you lesson is short, have the bathroom run before class
Have another adult to help you look out for kids that go to the bathroom
Have tissues for blowing kids noses
Take a register at the begining
Have a "hello song" with the teddies
Have kids take out their books and a pen, and then put their bags under the table before the lesson starts
Have a "goodbye song" at the end of the class
Draw a happy face and a sad face at a corner of the blackboard.
Have kids names at the middle of the board.
Kids that do good, get near the happy face
Kids that misbehave get near the sad face
Like in soccer, give yellow and red cards for misbehavior, two yellows make one red
Make sure to have proper seating arrangements.
Don't give your back to them
Rearrange if they're too talkative.
Make class rules on the first lesson. Like no shouting, no going under the table, listen to your classmates and teachers, no throwing pencils.
They should always have something to do
They should always be challenged. If they are bored, they'll do something else
Help kids who don't understand. The stronger kids can help their friends.
Have activities for kids that finish too quickly
If the groups are too big, try using par work.
The louder you shout, the louder they will become. If you want their attention then stand at the front of the class and put your hands on your head. It will take a few minute for the whole class to copy you but there will always be a few who are watching you and will be in intrigued by what you’re doing. Slowly the class will become silent.
Jonathan Gutierrez Garcia
Practica Docente II