Before going to delve deep into the topic classroom management and multi and large level classes, I would like to talk about he primary and secondary educational scenario in my country in general and in my state, Andhra Pradesh in particular.
There is a clear polarization in the society. The rich and the elite send their wards to the corporate schools while the middle class admit their children to the private schools and the poorest of the poor among the upper castes and the scheduled and backward castes who are socially and economically disadvantaged push their children into government schools.
The children who come to government schools lack motivation and proper parental care. There are only a few mediocre and somewhat bright students here. Paradoxically, the highly qualified and more talented teachers work in government schools, while the average and less qualified teachers work in private and corporate sectors.
Now let me talk about my situation. I work in a government school where the classes are not large but children belong to different levels. Some are mediocre, others are dull and a few can not even write their names in their mother tongue correctly. You can understand the plight of a poor English teacher like me in a government school. The government always insists on getting cent percent pass in final year of the secondary examination.
I can rather shamefully but conscientiously say that some of our students can not write their names properly even in their mother tongue. The officials goad us to cover the syllabus. Nevertheless, I take up the following measures in my class.
- I teach English very interestingly to the best of my ability so that the best students can improve their four language skills fairly well.
- I teach English using mother tongue now and then so as to make the average and the dull students can at least read and write what they have read in the examination.
- I take up the remedial teaching so that the most dull students can at least read the text with some amount of difficulty.
- I give some challenging tasks to one or two students who can speak and write English fairly well. On the whole, I confess that teaching English is a big ask for a government teacher even if he/she is highly talented or famous. The teacher has to bear this brunt as long as the evil of examination and the devil of text book and the syllabus exist in he English class room