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.