The 3-Step Guide To Becoming A Great Teacher

Being a great teacher isn’t something that you’re born as.

It’s something that you work at. It’s a skill that’s developed overtime, just like riding a bike or learning to speak a language.

However, it’s important that you have the correct “How-To” information to help you with the process.

It’s not something that happens overnight, but with this 3-step guide, you can become a great teacher that your students will come to love and listen to willingly.

Step 1. Educate yourself on the subjects you’re teaching

Being a great teacher requires that you’re educated enough to teach the subjects that you’re teaching. If you don’t understand the subject that you’re teaching, then how can you expect the students to understand it?

Now you don’t have to know every word in the dictionary to be competent enough to teach English, or every math formula to teach math, but you’re required to be at a level that you can confidently teach the fundamentals of the subject so the students can learn from you.

Step 2. Take ownership of the classroom

Being a great teacher requires an extreme level of ownership. Everything that happens in the classroom is up to you – both the successes and failures.

This can be hard for a lot of teachers to grasp. Common teacher complaints include “What if the students aren’t listening to me?”, or “What if they’re easily distracted and can’t focus on what I’m teaching?”

You don’t have direct control over your students – you can’t make them do or say anything that they don’t want to. However, you DO have control over yourself and your teaching methods. Your job is to find a way to teach and connect with the students so that they WANT to learn. This way, learning stems from their own decision, not yours.

Step 3: Understand both individual and group dynamics

If you want to be a great teacher, you’re going to have to understand the dynamics of each individual student and the class as a collective.

If you can understand each individual student: know about their hobbies, what they like and don’t like, and the way they learn (whether they’re visual, kinesthetic or auditory learners), then you’ll be able to tailor the subject towards the student so they get the most out of each lesson.

Whilst understanding each student individually, you also must be aware of how to control the group dynamics of a classroom. At times, the students can disrupt the class which affects all the students as well as their learning ability. You’re going to need to diffuse the situation – this can be done in multiple ways including using effective body language, changing seating arrangements of particular students, and giving a firm 1-on-1 talk with the main instigator.

The whole purpose of being a teacher is to help the students become the best person that they can be. You’re not only and educator, but you’re also a role model, and a leader that’s preparing them for the real world. Every tactic, strategy and approach to teaching is to accomplish the goal of helping the student to become the best person they can be.

 

5 Reasons Why I Love Teaching – And You Should Too

Being a teacher can be a tough job. Not only do you have to be educated on the subject that you’re teaching, such as English or Math, but you also have to be able to handle the sometimes rowdy students.

Constant interruptions, messy classrooms, and uncompleted homework assignments are regular occurrences for a teacher.

But being a teacher does have an upside.

The good times far outweigh the bad times when it comes to being a teacher. Here are 5 reasons why I love teaching – and you should too.

1. Helping A Student Become the Best They Can Be

There’s an intrinsic reward that comes with being a teacher. When you see the progression of a student who started out as being unmotivated, a little untamed and not necessarily the brightest kid in the class – to a student who’s eager to learn, focused and the top of a class; this progression gives being a teacher a meaning.

Ultimately, my job is to mold a student to be the best they can be. When this is achieved, the intrinsic rewards begin to show, and all of a sudden being a teacher becomes worth it.

2. I Can Be MYself While I’m Teaching

Teaching gives me a way that I can be myself – a form of self-expression. When you’re teaching, you can be who you are, whether you’re humorous, quirky, or a little old-fashioned, teaching is a creative outlet that allows you to bring your personality to life. Not only does this make it fun for myself, but the students tend to connect with me on a deeper level, which leads to a more constructive learning experience.

3. I Am A Role Model For My Students  

When the students and I connect on a deeper level, it’s not uncommon that they’ll come to me for matters outside of just learning. They’ll want my recognition, attention, and confirmation – which I happily give to them. Since I know that I want the best for my students, this means that I can be a positive role model for them that encourages them to be good students that’re optimistic, confident, and self-reliant.

4. It Keeps Me Educated

You can’t give what you don’t have, and you can’t teach what you know nothing about.

Since my job is to educate students, that means I myself have to be educated first. I love learning, the progression of knowing something that I previously knew nothing of, and the benefits that learning has on the brain’s growth and development is tremendous.

5. It Brings Excitement to My Life

There’s always something interesting going on when you’re a teacher – whether it’s a musical event that your students are participating in, a school play, or parent-teacher interviews. This constant change of events brings constant excitement to my life, and there’s always something new that’s going to happen.

These 5 reasons are why I love being a teacher. Yes, you do have the bad days where the students are rowdy and disruptive – but every job has bad days. Because I know that I can influence my students to grow up and be educated, positive, confident people – this is why I love teaching.

Bringing Learning to Life

Most students go to school because it’s a requirement, not because they actually want to.  Tell-tale signs that students are disinterested in class include showing up late and resting their heads on the desks.  Unfortunately, when students aren’t engaged in the learning process, they don’t get much out of the learning experience and instead just do what they can to “get by.”

Every now and then, however, I get a student who’s a gem – not necessarily because that person is brighter or more intelligent than the other students, but because he (or she) finds joy in the process of learning.

I’ve found that the students who succeed in my classes are the ones who come for the right reasons. The ones who are delighted to be in class, love the process of learning and see it as an opportunity to improve rather than a chore or necessity.

As a teacher, it’s vital to bring a positive, uplifting mood to the classroom. It’s my job to provide the students with an environment that brings learning to life. A classroom that focuses on not only teaching the kids, but doing so in a fun, creative manner.

So then the question arises, how?

How do you form an environment that encourages learning in a creative, enjoyable, positive way – regardless of the subject? How can you help the students to become not only ready, but enthusiastic and eager to learn?

To do so requires effort from both me, as a teacher, and my students. Initially, it’s important to shift the motives of the student. We have to shift their mentality from “I’m coming here because my parents told me to,” to something like “I’m coming here because I enjoy learning.” This will arise the biggest change in the student – a shift in mentality completely changes their view on learning, and ultimately their actions.

I find that positive affirmation is extremely beneficial for a student’s self-esteem. Every opportunity I have, I give my students praise. This isn’t bogus praise – it’s real praise that students deserve. When they successfully solve a problem, or complete an assignment, I compliment the student. Not only does this make them feel good about accomplishing something, but it also encourages them to do the best they can.

Group work is also something I’ve noticed that has brought a lively attitude to the classroom. This can be group work with students, or also with other adults and teachers. Working in a group changes the dynamics of the classroom – 5 or 6 people working towards the same goal has an optimistic, supportive, rallying type of sensation that gives a sense of unity to the student.

Bringing liveliness to learning can only benefit the student – there is no negatives or disadvantages. We cannot force them to learn, however we can create an environment that makes learning the best part of their day. No more students walking late into class because they’ve slept in, and no more “heads-on-desk syndrome.” It’s time for us to support each student’s growth and development by bringing learning to life.