25. May 2010 11:31
Dealing with parents is often the most difficult part of teaching. However, education should be a partnership between students, teacher and parents. If something breaks that partnership down, you have to address it. Before reacting, take a look at things through the eyes of your students and their parents.
10. May 2010 12:08
A classroom in which you can hear laughter coming from daily is a healthy classroom. Laughter and the noise of learning is different from classroom chaos. New teachers will soon learn the difference.
5. May 2010 09:35
Adjust your lecture notes and educational plans to fit your students and where they are in their educational journey. Remember, repeating the same lecture, year after year, is deadly boring to both you and your students. Even if they have never heard it before, your presentation will be stale. Pay your students the courtesy of preparing your class uniquely for them.
29. April 2010 12:01
Establish a good working relationship with your colleagues. Life is so much easier when there is not additional stress in the workplace. Never take part in any gossip session in the teacher’s lounge, whether the gossip is about a colleague or a student. Always remember be a professional.
27. April 2010 05:58
It works better if your students know from the beginning of the year what your rules, discipline policy and educational goals are for them. Don’t change daily, be consistent. If you need to change a rule because it isn’t working, hold a class discussion to alert the students and allow them to have input.
23. April 2010 06:51
There is nothing wrong with occasionally rewarding your students for an exceptional accomplishment. However, all rewards do not have to intrinsic. Adults have extrinsic rewards and goals and so should students at times. Don’t be afraid to say “Hey, you guys did so well on this math test, lets have popcorn and a movie. I’m proud of you!” Of course, you will need to know the school’s policy on rewards.
13. April 2010 12:03
Be practical in your expectations for your students. Always strive for improvement but understand how hard and how quickly you can push students. Don’t expect miracles, but remember there is nothing a student can’t learn on some level if it is presented correctly.
7. April 2010 09:43
It is easy to say - "I should not be held to higher standards just because I’m a teacher." The truth is, you are a role model for your students, whether you wish to be or not. So, it is important that you act accordingly. If you can’t accept holding higher standards or being a role model, you may be in the wrong profession.
5. April 2010 12:00
No matter how hard you try, there will always be some students you won't be able to reach or teach. Don't get discouraged. Instead, do the very best you can and try every approach you can think of to educate the student. And, always keep the student as the focus. Be sure not to beat yourself up over what you might perceive as failure; you might be making more of an impact than you think.
31. March 2010 06:29
Students have to learn the basics before applying their knowledge to explorations such as science experiments, group projects, reports, etc. They need this background knowledge for explorations to be meaningful. Gaining this knowledge involves research, reading and practice. Be sure students fully understand basic concepts to ensure they are ready for proper exploration.