You can either choose to be a teacher who is forgotten by their students after they leave school or you can choose to be a teacher who leaves such an impression on their students that they remember them well into their old age! While there are a number of things you should do in order to become a great teacher, here are a few things you shouldn’t do.
You may have many things to handle both at school and at home. It is acceptable to be late once in a while, however it is when you are chronically late, that is when it becomes a problem. Moreover, you cannot discipline students for being tardy when you yourself are late. By being late to class often, you are a setting a bad example for your students and telling that it is okay to be late, that you are lax about punctuality.
No teacher has answers for all the questions. If you do not know the answer for your students’ questions, let them know that you do not know and tell them that you will find out by the next class. This makes your students understand that learning is a continuous process and it never stops. Be a great teacher and don’t claim to have all the answers.
Every teacher will have some favorite students in their class. It is fine to have favorite students but take care that your favoritism doesn’t affect other students in your class. You can have favorite students until you do not give them any special concessions that you do not provide to other students in your class. When students in your class feel uncomfortable because of your favoritism, they tend to lose interest in learning.
As a teacher you may feel that infusing humor into your classroom is important. But sometimes teachers cross the line of acceptable behaviour and hurt their students’ feelings. You are a teacher, and it is your responsibility to take care of the emotional needs of your students. Therefore, make sure you behave in a manner that is appropriate.
Some teachers do not like communicating with their students’ parents. Communicating with your students’ parents provides you with a better perspective of your students. Parents are always keen to know about their child and his/her progress, and you are the person who spends the maximum time of the day with their children. It is your responsibility to inform them about their child and to get feedback from them. Great teachers often collect feedback from parents and try to improve themselves, rather than avoiding them.
Teachers are told by the management to follow an organized teaching pattern. This does not mean that you have to stick only to the prescribed text book to teach your students. Teach your students about interesting things beyond the text book. Change your teaching style and make your class interesting. Engage your students in project activities, but follow an organized pattern.
7. Stop learning
No matter how experienced you are, or how much you have learnt; there is always something new to learn. Do not stop learning just because you think you have enough knowledge. When it comes to knowledge, everyone is a learner and learning is a continuous process. Be open to changes in educational patterns and learn more and more.
At school, you may have people who dislike you or people whom you dislike. There may be multiple reasons such as, they may be troubling you or bullying you, etc etc.But when you enter the classroom, you are a teacher and teacher shouldn’t ever criticize any other staff member in the presence of their students. Your intention may not be wrong but when you criticize another staff member in front of your students, they may feel that criticism is not a bad thing because their teacher does it too!
There is no such thing as a smooth ride. A teaching career is going to be filled with challenges. However, when the going gets tough, don’t give up. Until you can, fight the good fight. Think of why you began teaching to begin with. Think of why it makes you happy. There will be challenges but there will also be rewards.
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