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BRAIN: The Interplay among EFL Teachers´ Teaching Experience, Critical Thinking, and Classroom Management

What makes a great teacher? The list is perhaps endless, but many would agree that classroom management is a crucial skill that any teacher needs. Classroom management is a term used to describe the processes by which teachers and schools create and maintain appropriate behavior of students in classroom settings. It is a complex concept as it refers to more than one action. This involves the ability to make each class interesting and thus keeping the students focused, and also dealing with unexpected problems in an appropriate way. When classroom management techniques are applied effectively, the students are active, they participate in class and they are not distracted by other things. They are also encouraged to express their opinions, which enhances their moral and social development.

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In the study The Interplay among EFL Teachers´ Teaching Experience, Critical Thinking, and Classroom Management, the author – Maryam Zakian explores the connection between the classroom management, critical thinking, and years of teaching experience of Iranian EFL teachers. The full paper will be published in Issue 2 of the journal BRAIN – Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, vol. 9, 2018.

A total of 85 teachers including 50 females and 35 male participants, ranging in age and experience have participated in this research. The researchers employed two kinds of instruments to conduct this correlational research: a questionnaire on critical thinking by Honey (2000), and a questionnaire on classroom management by Martin and Sass (2010).

This paper not only exposes how the research has been conducted and its’ conclusions, but it also focuses on presenting the usefulness of classroom management, creative and critical thinking.

As we can see in this compelling study, in order to develop students’ creative thinking, teachers need to realize the importance of the environment which they create in class. A non-threatening atmosphere is crucial in order to keep the students active and motivated. If they are not given positive feedback, their interest will decrease drastically.

Critical thinking is an important concept in education which includes specific skills such as thinking rationally, identifying, analyzing and solving problems, and making decisions based on certain reasoning criteria. The characteristics of a good critical thinking can also be found in this paper.

The findings in this research revealed a positive relationship between the classroom management and critical thinking of Iranian EFL teachers, but in order to find out more about the results, you ought to read this interesting study.

Diana Păvăloi