By: Kelly Brooke
Educating and teaching is considered to be one of the most noble professions in the world. Nothing matches the dignity of those who dedicate their time for a better future of the coming generation. Teachers not only teach their wards, they help them from the start to the end, from their very first class to offering them career guidance in later years. A teacher is nothing short of a spiritual parent.
Being a teacher or an educator is not an easy job. It requires a highly patient attitude, a strong character and an unwavering belief in the cause. Although it’s one of the oldest professions, it is the only one which is constantly changing due to the paradigm shifts in the way each generation thinks.
The World Wide Web is filled with hundreds of tips and instructions about teaching. However, here we present to you a list of highly comprehensive tips which is customized to help today’s educators become better and more efficient in every possible way.
- Be their hero
Students often idolize their heroes. And all heroes are fit and smart. As their teacher and educator, it’s essential that you appear smart to them. Appearing smart does not mean you have to look highly handsome or beautiful. Appearing smart means, dressing yourself in a way that students take a liking for you. Another part of appearing smart is looking fit. The more active or younger you appear than your age, the more your students will like you.
- Speak their tongue
The language you use to converse is the first and most direct medium of interaction with your students. The right choice of words, the correct usage of grammar and the language itself play a vital part in students’ perception of you. The language should be such that the students are familiar with it and can converse in it easily. It’s also a good idea to use words which students identify with. For example, there a lot of words which have originated on the Internet. Their correctness may be debatable but just using them with your students will make them think that you are one of them.
- Know them well
One of the major indications of how good a teacher you are is: how well you know your students. In order to teach them, you must know them well. Good teachers take this seriously and know their students collectively as well as individually.
- Make them laugh
Gone are the times when a strict teacher with a harsh face commanded respect. Now such teachers attract nothing but alienation. Students take an instant liking towards those who can make them smile or laugh. They will start liking you even if they realize that you are trying to make them laugh (whether you succeed or not is another matter)
- Earning respect is better than asking for it
Many educators and teachers complain that if they try to be a little amusing, the students consider it a weakness and become more careless. This is not entirely correct. Students become disrespectful not because you are trying to cheer them up but because you are confused where to draw a line.
Despite being amusing, good teachers command respect even from the naughtiest of students. Harsh methods will earn you fear (which may turn into dislike) but a positive attitude will earn you respect.
- Don’t get offended
The toughest yet the most important rule: never get offended. Students are often disrespectful and don’t pay heed to rules. This is not because of arrogance but because of ignorance. Not getting offended does not mean you give a free hand for every misconduct. It only means that you don’t let your personal anger or feelings cloud your way of dealing with them.
- Be accessible
Whether they come with a subject based question or to seek judgment in an inter-class quarrel, always be accessible. Don’t keep any barrier between your students and yourself. This will build trust between yourself and them.
- Be an expert in your subject
It’s very important that whichever subject you teach, you should be an expert in it. If you teach science, it should be you who pops into a student’s mind whenever they get a question or doubt regarding the subject. Ineptness drives students away while expertise always assures students. You should also keep updating yourself about the current developments and studies related to your subject.
- Be tech savvy
Make effective use of technology. Discuss the positive uses of technology with your students and use it in your classroom. A tech savvy teacher will attract more attention than the one who doesn’t use technology. It will also help you in explaining the lessons and concepts.
- Don’t just speak, interact
One of biggest mistakes usually committed by teachers: they speak and don’t stop, boring the students to death and not getting the required outcome of the energy spent. Don’t just speak, interact. It will make the class interesting and also conserve your energy.
- Never repeat yourself
While teaching, never repeat sentences. Repeating what you have said will make the students doubt your capability. It will also make them lose interest in your class.
- Show your human side but no boasting
It’s good to share certain personal aspects with students as it will make you appear relatable to them. However, avoid boasting. While narrating any incident that may inspire them is good but don’t sound like your boasting.
- Keep changing your modes of teaching
Students always welcome a change. Adapt different teaching methods throughout the term. Changing the modes of teaching will ensure that students never lose interest. It will also refresh you mentally.
- The more they ask, the better it is
Questions mean interest. If your students keep raising doubts and ask questions, it means you are doing a good job. The more questions they ask, the better it is. Allot some time after each class for questions and never laugh at any question however silly it may sound.
A good teacher is remembered by students throughout their lives. The respect a good teacher earns can be seconded only to the respect one has for their parents. This is the reason that during Career Counseling for School Students, teachers play an important part. Usually, it will be the teacher from whom a student and even their parents take the final advice before choosing a career.