If you haven’t already seen our previous post listing out our Top 10 Basic Classroom Tips for Teachers, then the recommendation is to start there with the foundations. However, if you are ready to implement Another 10 Tips on Being an Awesome Teacher, read on.
We’re so convinced these are great ideas that we can almost predict that as you read through these items, your educated, trained and/or experienced teacher brain will say “of course that works” or “duh, thanks Captain Obvious” or “I know that already”. And yet, here you are, reading ideas. Why? because you are awesome already. You understand that teaching is all about refining, reflecting, re-purposing and re-evaluating all that you do. Here we go.
- Demonstrate passion for the subject: When a teacher is enthusiastic about their subject, students are more likely to be engaged and interested in what they are learning. By being enthusiastic, teachers may foster a happy, upbeat environment in the classroom, which in turn makes pupils feel more driven to learn. Additionally, when a teacher is enthusiastic about a subject, it can encourage students to become interested in the same thing. Additionally, a teacher’s passion can aid to infuse the classroom with a contagious energy that helps keep pupils interested and motivated throughout the course.
- Differentiate your teaching methods to meet the requirements of all students in the classroom because every kid learns differently. In order to accommodate the various learning preferences of their pupils, teachers should employ a variety of teaching strategies, methods, and resources. To accommodate various learning styles, this can involve incorporating visual aids, practical exercises, and group projects. Additionally, by making the curriculum more relevant and exciting for the students, diversifying instruction can help to boost motivation and engagement.
- Have a successful learning environment by creating positive behaviour management systems that are clear, easy to understand and consistent. These systems should have a strong balance between rewards and consequences. Teachers must create and re-inforce their expectations for student behaviour and work habits clearly and reguarly. In order to encourage excellent behaviour in the classroom, teachers should also give students praise for their efforts and positive behaviour. Student outcomes can be advanced in a disciplined learning environment.
- Encourage students to think critically by asking open-ended questions and letting them come up with their own conclusions. It can help to foster critical thinking and problem-solving abilities by posing open-ended questions. This methodology can help the development of pupils’ self reliance and motivation by encouraging independent thinking. Critical thinking skills are relevant skills that employers are looking for in the real world. Bosses are increasingly desiring employees who can solve problems and come to wise conclusions independently and collaborativly.
- Use formative assessment to monitor student understanding and modify upcoming teaching sequences, differentiation or objectives. Formative assessment approaches include exit tickets, quizzes and class discussions. Teachers use the information they receive from formative assessments to modify their curriculum as necessary. Formative evaluation can also aid by regularly giving students feedback on their development, which can inspire and encourage them to advance. Formative assessment can promote an environment of active learning by allowing students to interact with the subject matter and think critically about their own learning.
- Including students’ interests in the curriculum can help boost motivation and engagement. This can be achieved by making either connections between the subject matter and the students’ areas of interest or by developing projects or tasks that let students pursue their interests. Taking student interests into account can help make subject content more engaging and relevant for them. This in turn can help to boost engagement and motivation. A sense of ownership and personal relevance in students’ learning can also be developed by embracing their interests.
- Use a growth mindset to help learners recognize errors as learning opportunities rather than failures. It can significantly support and contribute to the improvement of the learning environment. Resilience and tenacity, which are necessary abilities for children to be able to navigate the real world and overcome problems, can also be promoted by a growth mindset. It can support the development of a sense of ownership and personal relevance in students’ learning by encouraging them to view mistakes as opportunities for improvement.
- Use examples and experiences from everyday life to make the topic more applicable and engaging for pupils. It can help to boost students’ engagement and motivation by making the information pertinent to their lives. Additionally, it can make the subject more interesting and remembered for pupils by relating it to real-world instances and experiences. Making the content pertinent can also aid in helping students feel a feeling of ownership and personal significance in their study.
- Give students the chance to express themselves creatively through writing, art and other kinds of self-expression . The development of imagination, self-expression, and problem-solving abilities can be assisted by encouraging creativity. It can also support the development of a diverse and accepting learning environment by allowing students the flexibility to express themselves artistically. Additionally, including creative projects in the curriculum can make the subject matter more fascinating and engaging for students, which can raise their motivation and engagement.
- Create clear channels of communication with parents and guardians as soon as possible to keep them updated on their child’s progress and to invite them to take an active role in their child’s education. A feeling of community and shared accountability for the student’s education can be fostered by inviting parents/carers to take an active role in what their child is learning at school. Open lines of communication and trust-building between the home and the school can help to improve student results.