Classroom management

This teaching tip with David Rixon looks more closely at this topic and offers practical advice on how best to manage classes of young learning students.

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classroom management teaching tip


Submitted by SvetaZaitseva on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 05:23


 I am that teatcher, it were very useful tips for me and for our classes,but could you write the text from video here? it would be nice, thanks

Hi Sveta,
For unscripted videos we usually don't provide the audioscript, although this is something we could perhaps think about for the future. Good to hear you found the tips useful!

Submitted by haleh on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 13:22


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Submitted by antcile on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 04:29


Hi there, this video is exciting. it teach us, the teachers, how to deal with some some problems occured in our classroom. i like the way the teacher put "00:01:09' on the board. David really has a good time management. The way he implied the 'put your hands up' rule made the students realize that it is important to be discipline. people will appreciate you if you take the rules. the reward and the stamps were so creative. I just lack of one thing. The teacher's smile ^.^ thanks for the video. its inspiring!

Submitted by Houda24 on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 09:40


good morning I am a new teacher in private school and i m actualy teaching kids English

I only speak in English and mime at the same time and i avoide speaking in our native language but some time they have difficulties in understanding me, thus can i use the native lge? thanks in advance


Submitted by shanejordan on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 14:20


Overall, very effective tips and strategies for dealing with YLs in a class. Heard you mention the word "Rubber" in your class and was wondering if this was a slip as this word has negative connotations the world round. If we are striving hard to teach our kids English that is understood and accepted worldwide, then don't you think we should be more careful when choosing our words, in order to save them being embarrassed in an English speaking country. Especially when this is picked up from a native speaker of English.

The problem here is that rubber is the accepted word in classroom usage throughout the UK, you obviously are looking at this from an American perspective, it doesn’t have negative connotations in the UK at all, as your “ rubber” is then called a condom . There is no mix up with the words in English English only American style English..

Submitted by Christina Ambrose on Sun, 10/20/2013 - 13:50


Thank you David for sharing tips on classroom management. They are certainly very useful.

Submitted by avni t. xhemajli on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 13:46


Nice tips, but have you ever tried to teach in a classroom with about 45 students where the classes are just 40 minutes? Has anyone got any idea how to manage and deal with in such situations?

Submitted by Babbi on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:20


I was teaching them novel reading with differentiated instruction but the group of 12 was difficult to manage. Could not start the hook session with cd. What to do the boys were really troublesome? Any one has any idea...

Submitted by on Mon, 06/19/2017 - 04:01


Excellent tips. I remember that one of my professors of ELT told me once that the key to classroom management is actually the planning. The clearer the plans and objectives are, the more you will have a smooth control of the class. However, now I am facing a big situation where I have a 40 students class and believe me it is not easy to manage a so big class. It is very difficult to give attention to every single kid. If you go and direct yourself to a single student just because he needs some help, then the rest of students go around, laughing, screaming, jumping, and doing anything they can invent. I have to be very serious if I want to keep the control and be able to teach my lesson. So you'll almost never see me smiling like. So again, the key for large classes is the very clear and deep lesson planning. And make sure they never be free. From task to task. One more thing, if it is necessary, we have to be rude without disrespecting or violating kids' right and causing emotional and affective paradigms.

Submitted by Lesiak on Mon, 08/01/2022 - 11:54


I need your help. It’s really great to have your own area where you can arrange everything to make learning English easy. But what should I do when I don’t have any opportunity to do this. When our teachers have lessons in different classes. And you need more time for preparation. You need to move furniture, stick some flash cards , ….

Hi Lesiak,

Yes, that makes it a lot more difficult, having a 'bag packed' helps a bit, having all the typical things you need in a suitcase and moving that round can help ( I know that may not be practical, but I've seen it work really well)  Asking for cupboard/ shelf space if that's possible in the different rooms also can help. If technical set up is the issue, there is no quick solution I'm afraid - so many times we've all got to a room to find something doesn't work. Maybe other teachers here have some other ideas?


TeachingEnglish team


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