Departmental Bulletin Paper Student Nameplates for Classroom Management and Beyond

Dimoski, Blagoja

1 ( 1 )  , pp.83 - 95 , 2015-04-01
As educators, our common aim is to develop and refine our classroom practices for the betterment of the learners to whom we have been entrusted. The realization of this goal is dependent, in large part, on how effectively we can implement a combination of both classroom teaching practices and management techniques. While the significance of the former seems self-evident, the latter, and how the use (or lack) of such techniques can affect outcomes, may be less obvious. As such, educators who are unfamiliar with, or simply unaware of, the variety of classroom management options that are available may be missing a valuable opportunity to further develop their own teaching skills as well as to enhance their students’ overall learning experience. To this end, this paper describes how, by implementing a single, yet versatile, classroom management tool, namely a student nameplate, teachers can acquire vital and ongoing information about their learners to help make more informed choices, organize groups effectively, and enhance teacher-student rapport. At the same time, the system provides a means for students to express their individuality, develop a personal study plan, reflect on their progress, and take on greater accountability in their own learning.

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