Many people may think a great teacher is someone with a tremendous amount of knowledge and one who is an expert in their subject area. However, this is not what makes a great teacher.
A teachers job is to provide an optimal learning environment for students to maximize their learning and overall development. It has little to do with actually how much knowledge a teacher has, and is mainly centered around the teachers ability to relate to their students and provide a state that allows them to learn to their fullest potential.
Here’s a few ways to become a great teacher:
Create Student-First Learning
Great teachers know that lesson plans should be designed for students and delivered in a way that is student lead. This is something that takes years of practice and experience to learn. Great veteran teachers create a classroom environment where students lead in the lesson more often than the teacher.
An example of this would be a teacher who prompts students with questions and allows the class to engage and discuss/debate the topic with each other in a respectful, appropriate manner. The teach acts as the facilitator of the conversation, posing more questions that asks them to go deeper in their thinking and reasoning.
Build Positive Relationships
There’s an old saying that goes a little something like this, “Nobody cares about how much you know until they know how much you care.”
That was said by former president Theodore Roosevelt, who also knows a thing or two about teaching and leading a group of people.
The statement is also 100% true, and all beginning teachers must understand this before they ever want to reach mastery level in their profession. If a student doesn’t know that a teacher care about them, then they most likely won’t respond to their methods of teaching, no matter how much they know or how great they seem to be.
Without positive relationships, you won’t get very far as a teacher because students won’t respond to someone they don’t trust or have a relationship with. Establishing trust and developing a relationship should be the number one task for teachers as the new year begins. This can be done by giving students interest inventories, questionnaires, communicating with parents, and spending one-on-one time with each individual for a few minutes a day.
Having Simple Rules & Procedures
Teachers make a big mistake by creating a list of rules that are a mile long and unrealistic for the classroom. Having too many classroom rules will eventually lead to students failing to following any of them. This is because rules become unclear to students and difficult to follow when there are an excessive amount.
A good guideline for rules and procedures is to only have 3-4 rules for the classroom. Creating these rules should also include the students, so they feel like they are apart of managing and maintaining a positive classroom environment. studies show that when students are included in creating rules for the classroom, they are more likely to engage in positive behaviors and follow through with the written rules.
Taking advice from our blog will set you on the right path towards becoming a successful educator.