In our industry we train lots of different groups of people which includes the, absolutely incredible, teaching industry. This weeks blog is going to focus on our fabulous teachers and on a question often asked whilst teachers are undoing their tough training – How do you become a great teacher?
Now obviously, everyone wants to be a great teacher, but what does it take to be a ‘good teacher’? What do you have to do? How do you become one?
A great teacher is someone who is kind and understanding towards their pupils, a great teacher is someone who the students will remember forever and who helped them strive towards their greatness. But I know teaching can be hard work and it takes a lot of effort to be the best teacher you can be. So we have come up with some top tips to help you be the best teacher you can be!
Have expert knowledge in the subject you are teaching in.
This probably sounds ridiculous as one to begin our blog with. Of course you will have knowledge in the subject you are teaching but the key thing to remember is that times change. Stay up to date with your subject so you are able to answer your students questions thoroughly and correctly.
When a teacher has a passion for the subject they are teaching their passion shines through and five times out of ten is passed onto their pupils who will also develop a love for that subject. You can continue to expand your knowledge through taking college courses, online courses, or talking to other teachers in depth about your subject knowledge.
Great planning skills
To be a great teacher, a lot of time and effort has to be put in place when planning a classroom activity, you have to remain organised. By planning your lessons you are able to manage student expectations, so you know precisely what their obligations are. The marking criteria should remain clear along with assignments and objectives. A big part of what makes a good teacher is being able to stay on top of things, stay organised, keep up to date with records and keep a record of each students strengths and weaknesses.
Each student is different. Some will have bad days, some be stressed or even depressed. If you start to see your student decline in their studies, and they have no motivation to do the tasks set and they just want to give up on everything. Your first approach should not be to argue with them or tell them how naughty and lazy they have become.
In a way you have to be like a parent, you have to be there to support them, listen to them and motivate them with their work. If your student is depressed, maybe speak to them after class to try and find out what is going on, make them aware that you are there for them if they need to speak to someone.
Avoid using the same methods of teaching for each student
Each teacher knows that a student can learn, but they are aware that each student learns better in different ways. Some are visual. Some like to read. There are many different ways to teach a student the same topic, as a teacher you have to become aware on how each student works better.
So to help each student develop their knowledge in different ways, split the lesson up. This could be by doing watching a 10 minute video, write notes on the video, then do a small lecture. There are many different ways to keep the lesson interesting, by taking different approaches throughout the lesson.
Ending the lesson
Now this may seem strange, but ending the lesson in a positive way will influence the student to work better next time. Say if a student was really struggling in the lesson, ending the lesson on a negative note may affect their mood for the rest of the day and may not want to return to the lesson. Each student should be respected and motivated to be the best person they can be. As a teacher you should support them, and help them pursue their interest in your lesson.
Some of these skills come naturally to some teachers, but there are always areas of improvement. To be a great teacher you are constantly looking for ways to improve the way you teacher and your relationships with your students.
A good teacher is a life long learner.
Here at The Midlands Training Company we run a variety of Education courses which can help you successfully be the greatest teacher you can be, you can find out more information here : https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/education-inc-eyfs/