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Classroom management: creating a learner-centered class
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 4 (NPN):
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Published on 5 Sep. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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A programme on classroom management: creating a learner-centered class was held at Sakus Mission College of Arts here on Saturday.
Assistant professor Nagaland College of Teacher Education, Kohima Alemla Longkumer speaking as resource person urged the teachers to be friendly and to show confidence in students and also to know and understand the nature and needs of the developmental stage of the learners.
“If one is able to get student’s attention and cooperation, maintain their involvement in the instructional tasks and carry out the activities in the classroom smoothly, then one can be said to be an effective manager”, Alemla said.
Focusing on learner-centered teaching, the resource person said that the purpose of teaching was to effect learning among the learners and to achieve this purpose, a teacher has to know the learners, their needs and problems, abilities and competencies, their interests, likes and dislikes and most importantly, understand how best to get them motivated and thereby learn. Speaking on behavioral problems among college students, Alemla also highlighted that research showed that college students engage in both active and passive forms of misbehaviour and resistance and hereby a teacher should find out the reasons for students misbehaviour as understanding the source of students misbehaviour was helpful.
Alemla also said that most pressing problem in most institutions today was that of numbers, rising enrolments and declining funds have made large classrooms the norm in many colleges and that the teachers therefore, ought to be aware of the many challenges presented to them and their students in such learning environment.
Highlighting on effective classroom manager, she said teachers need to develop competencies, skills and understand the necessary conditions required to become an effective classroom managers.
“Teaching is a communicative process and an effective teacher is necessarily a good communicator and teachers should learn to listen to students and use their feedbacks”, she said.
During the second session, Dr. T. Jamedi Longkumer, assistant professor Dimapur Government College was the resource person and he presented topic on “Quality Education; Management and Sustenance”.

 
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