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Simplify Your Classroom Management Vocabulary to Stay in the Target Language

I AM FREQUENTLY ASKED HOW TO KEEP CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE, an area where it can be challenging to meet that 90% goal recommended by ACTFL. Here is a simple tip: KEEP IT SIMPLE.

Classroom Management in the Target Language for Spanish and French Class

WHEN REDIRECTING STUDENTS, we teachers often have a tendency to be a bit verbose, going into a long explanation of what needs to happen instead of boiling down the redirect to it's most concrete components-which also makes it more comprehensible more often than not. Think about all the routines and expectations you have in class, and how, regardless of how angelic your students are,  often you have to redirect think of the actual language you use. Is it a simple command (raise your hand, sit appropriately, don't touch, etc) or is it populated with incomprehensible language that is also unnecessary to get the point across and have the desired behavior come about? These concise, concrete redirects may take a little to get used to, and may feel a little curt at first (but it's all in the tone!!), but they will pay off down the road as you are able to stay more in the target language which provides more input for students-and did you ever notice that most classroom management vocabulary, especially when boiled down, contains high frequency words?!

WANT TO EVOLVE YOUR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT VOCABULARY, but not sure how to go about it? Start by taking 3-5 redirects you use regularly and re-formulate them into concise phrases. If you are like me, it might take you a while to develop the habit of using them, so consider writing them on notecards you can post in your room or on your cart, or even put them on a ring attached to a bracelet or lanyard-this really helps! Here is a post I wrote on my top redirects-perhaps it will inspire you!

For more tips on staying in the target language, be sure to click on our category 'Teaching 90% in the target language'!

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