6 Secrets to being a Successful Teacher

by Alesha Wilson
(Wilmington, NC)

You can go through college and finish a teaching course, but that doesn’t mean you know everything about the career you wish to enter. There are some things about teaching that you will only learn when you start practicing, but you can get some useful tips below:

1. Remember that each student is different.

Lucky are the students who easily grasp the lesson. However, not everyone is lucky that way. Some just really take time to understand that new concept you introduced. Don’t expect all of them to get it at the same time.

Give them short quizzes to know who’s doing good and who’s doing not too well and see what area needs further explanation.

2. Talk like you are in a conversation, not execution.

Make them understand the topic in simple words. You will be a hero to them if you explain huge scientific words in terms that a child can understand.

It’s okay to prepare your lesson speech beforehand, but don’t go at it in a robotic manner. Chances are they would not understand it; some of them might not even try.

Add a joke here and there to make things more interesting.

3. Relate with the students. See things from their perspective.

Remember that students do not have as many years in school as you do. Things that are pretty obvious to you may be a huge mystery for them. It would help if you ask a younger relative to answer the tests you create to know if they can answer it properly.

4. Look approachable.

The scary approach isn’t going to work anymore. You need to be the kind of teacher that students will not be scared of approaching when they do not understand something from your class.

If you want all of your students to pass and understand your lesson, let them know that they can come to you if they are too shy to raise their hands in class and ask their question in front of everyone.

5. It’s not about the grades; it’s about learning.

Unfortunately, some teachers are only in their jobs because of financial needs. Not all teachers love what they do, but if you do, then you should make sure that students are learning.

Learning isn’t just measured by tests. Watch them apply what they have learned. Construct examinations that will see how well they understand the topic and don’t hesitate to go back and teach them again if they don’t get it.

You have to be infinitely patient with students.

6. Reward them for their hard work, but avoid punishing them for not doing well enough.

It’s okay to punish them for bad behavior, but punishment for not being the best in class shouldn’t be given. You never know if they are having some issues at home that are stopping them from studying properly—ask them if there’s something bothering them.

Remember that you are their second parent and that comes with being compassionate over their situation.

Alesha Wilson is a staff writer at RockwellNutrition.com. Get Rockwell Nutrition before baby boost by following the link.

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