Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. – Henry Brooks Adams
Teaching is one of the noblest professions in the world. One of the biggest reasons why people choose teaching as a profession is because you get to interact with young minds on a daily basis. You never know which student from your class may turn out to be the next Prime Minister or the next Noble Laureate.
Becoming a teacher has been considered one of the most challenging yet satisfying professions. In a corporate world, the employees have to spend a lot of time surrounded by actual machines or the people who have turned into machines (due to their stressful lives).
The amount of stress is extremely high. Whereas, for teachers, though the stress level is high, interacting with the students is a type of stress reliever. In the long run, in the corporate world, your clients may forget you. Sometimes, maybe even your employers may forget you. But a student always remembers those teachers who have motivated them.
Teaching is one such profession where you can stay young mentally because of the people you will be surrounded with.
Each child that enters your class has a different, curious, unique and creative mind. This mind is just looking for a way to be put to the right use. Teaching is the one profession that creates all other jobs.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – William Butler Yeats
To be a teacher is a big responsibility as you are the potter accountable to mold the lives of the little children. Teachers are like the second parent to the child. Your students look up to you as an inspiration. What you say and what you do has a lasting effect on the minds of these children. You may never know which child has been inspired by your deeds or actions or words.
Hence, each teacher, no matter how young or old, must work towards achieving excellence. We need to become excellent teachers who can act as good examples. To be a teacher anywhere in the world two most essential things are required: Qualifications and Aptitude.
Most Essential Things to Become a Teacher
Your qualifications can vary as per your subject. Some schools focus on hiring teachers who have high requirements as they want to make sure their school provides the best.
On the other hand, other schools look for abilities or skills. If a teacher loves to teach and has a love for her subject, she will be able to connect and communicate with the students in a better way and foster their growth and development.
However, a teacher with all the qualifications in the world but no aptitude for teaching can never be a good teacher. For such teachers, their work will be another type of a burden for them.
No matter how expert a person is, if they can’t covey their thoughts and knowledge to others in a way that is not only understandable but engaging, the knowledge itself is useless.
How Can You Become a Better Teacher?
I have been teaching students for quite a long time now. In my career as a teacher, I have come across various learning situations that have helped me to become better in my career as a teacher. Here are some simple ways to become a better teacher.
1) Keep learning
A teacher should be a learner first. Never stop learning. The world is changing, and new trends are emerging in the market on a regular basis. What was popular yesterday may become obsolete tomorrow?
If you stick to your limited knowledge, you won’t be able to deliver and engage the students in the class. Hence keep yourself updated.
- Pick up simple online courses.
- Attend skill-based courses.
- Enroll for another additional degree.
These things will help you in becoming a better teacher.
2) Have a plan
Planning is key to proper time management. Every great teacher enters the class with a defined plan in mind. The teacher well in advance prepares this plan.
Teachers need to develop a daily plan on:
- what they will be teaching,
- how they will deliver the content,
- what will be the classwork and homework,
- what activities can be done, etc.
Another set of plans that a teacher must prepare is a personal plan. This individual plan involves the mini-goals that the teachers set for themselves. This process will help you manage your time better.
3) Be prepared
The teaching field has its own ups and downs that a teacher has to prepare for. Don’t just be excited and enthusiastic about all the perks of teaching. You also need to be ready for the storm.
One of the most significant issues faced by teachers is arrogant parents. Parents tend to blame the child’s low grades, behavior, etc. on the teachers. Parent-teachers meeting can quickly become a battleground if not handled properly.
Hence, teachers need to learn to manage grievances of parents, co-teachers, management, etc.
4) Be Caring
Teaching is not just limited to academic development. It also focuses on the emotional development of the child. These days we have many children in the class who come from broken families or have faced some unfortunate incident. Such children may act differently in class. Some may be noisy; some may be quiet. If you go around punishing students unnecessarily, it will be of no use.
Teachers need to be caring. Most of the time the student requires little attention and affection that they may not be receiving at home. Students always welcome a caring teacher.
5) Be enthusiastic
Always be enthusiastic about what you teach. Your enthusiasm should reflect on the way you teach a lesson. For, e.g., If you are an English language teacher teaching a lesson on Mowgli, don’t just read it or narrate the story without any emotion.
Add life to it.
Dance, sing, act, mimic, humor, modulate your voice to bring the class to life. Students always love to learn from teachers who are enthusiastic about the content.
6) Use technology
Technology is one of the most common and most important thing these days. Technology plays a crucial role in teachers’ life. Use various videos, ppts, online games, activities, etc. in your teaching-learning process. The internet is filled with various useful and interesting things that can make your class better.
7) Use Students Strengths
If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
– Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada
A good teacher always prepares here content based on the students’ strengths. Each child has a different learning style. Use this while teaching or preparing a lesson.
8) Creativity is the key
If you have been using the same content and activities that have been going on for ages, you can never excel in a teaching career.
To be an excellent teacher, you need to think outside the box.
Find ways to make your class interesting while maintaining the focus and attention of the students.
9) Have a welcoming approach
Always have a welcoming attitude. If students want to ask doubts or have specific questions; always encourage them and help them. If you don’t know the answer, tell them that you will get back to them as soon as possible. Never shout a child if they ask doubts.
A teacher needs to have a listening ear. Listen to what the child says. Observe child behavior. Counsel them if required. Speak to them. Motivate them.
11) Instill Values
Lastly, but most importantly, a good teacher always instills values among children through her lessons. Use your natural experiences to teach and instill morals in the child. Help the child understand the importance of the people around them, respect religion and nature and be beautiful human beings.
Everyone can be a better teacher through simple little ways. Never give up on yourself or your students. If at times you feel lost or like a failure, talk to someone. Take care of your health and don’t strain your voice. Remember, becoming a better teacher doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. So don’t stress yourself out.
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