Tips & Strategies for ESL Kindergarten Classroom Management

Instructor: Amanda Wiesner-Groff

Amanda has created and taught English/ESL curricula worldwide, has an M.Ed, and is the current ESOL Coordinator for the Saint Louis Public School District.

Struggling to keep your kindergarten ESL classroom under control? This lesson may be able to help. We will go over some ideas and strategies aimed at maintaining a cooperative and structured ESL kindergarten class.

ESL Classroom Management

Is it a fool moon? If you're an English as a second language (ESL) kindergarten teacher, you've probably asked yourself this question on more than one occasion. We have all had those days when students are crying and refusing to speak English, your planned activities have already been used up, and you still have hours left in the day. How do you reign in control when it seems like all hope is lost?

A big step in managing your class is being sure you understand your students. The more you understand your class, the better able you are to understand where a breakdown in management stems from and to avoid such breakdowns. And you can better plan activities and exercises that promote classroom management.

To help you avoid breakdowns in classroom management, we will discuss how you can set your classroom up for structure and cooperation. Some of these ideas come before you enter the classroom, while others involve work done with the students. After all, classroom management takes some patience and planning, but it can set your ESL students up for success.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Kindergartners generally do not have a very long attention span. So, it's important to spend time creating a detailed lesson plan that engages the class and maintains student attention. For instance, you don't want activities to wrap up too quickly or for students to become disengaged. Here are some ideas to be sure you enter the classroom with well-planned lessons:

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