10 Steps How to Become the Best Teacher

And when you are a teacher, it becomes even more difficult to become perfect for ALL your students. It’s clear, that we all are different, so your students are, and each of them has his own learning style. When your teaching style suits a learning style of your student, you will definitely become his best teacher ever. This is like to be on the same wave with someone. But it’s obvious, that all your 30 students (or 20, or even 10, it doesn’t matter actually) will never have the same opinion about your teaching methods, so, misunderstandings are impossible to avoid.

However, you always can become a better teacher for your students, the main thing is to listen to them carefully. Here we have 10 advice from students to teachers, that will help you understand their principles better. You teach them of course, but you can always let them teach you a bit as well, can’t you?

So, if you want to become the best teacher for your students, you’d better not ignore what they say.

Let Your Students Help You Be a Better Teacher for Them

A good teacher is an assertive teacher

Your students can have problems, bad days, stress, or even depressions as well. If you see that some of your students start to study worse, have no desire to do all schoolwork you give them, and just want to give up everything, do not be in a hurry to argue and tell them about how bad or lazy they become.

You can become like a parent to them. Support your student, ask about what happens to him, push him to do better. If you see that your student is depressed, maybe it would be better to meet with him after classes and find out what exactly is going on.

Be their friend, but don’t go too far

Students just don’t like when their teacher starts behaving like a student himself. Stay professional, help students with schoolwork, listen to them, talk about their lives, but remember who you are. Even if you are a young specialist, and you are almost of the same age with your students, there is no need to use all those slang words (even if you use them in your everyday life).

Your students will find it rude and unprofessional. As far as you understand, this is not the best method to get a good reputation. Your students just will not take you seriously.

Make your lesson relevant to their lives

If you want your students to remember your lessons, just try to connect the information you provide with some moments of your students’ life. You can use some of them as an example, describing this or that situation: it would be more interesting for them to visit such lessons, but not those boring ones where you try to explain them the importance of differential equations for our science.

Just try to come up with an example, how these differential equations can help THEM in the future.

4  Your time should be used wisely

Remember who you are and where you are. Students don’t like, when their teacher begins to tell them about his life, how better it was when he was younger, how better and more patient all students were then, blah-blah-blah. Your student visits your lesson to learn something on the subject, so, don’t give him a reason to miss this class next time.

Remember, that time is important for your students as well, so, they would not be happy to waste it for lessons which don’t give them anything except personal stories from their teacher’s life.

5  More explanations

Even if you consider yourself a cool teacher who explains everything in a way that even the stupidest person would understand you, don’t be lazy to explain it to your students several times, and what is even more important – try to do that in different manners. Sometimes, they really don’t get it, but it’s not because they are stupid: maybe some of them just think different.

Be patient, and explain your material over and over again, making sure all students understand what you’re talking about. You know, how difficult it will be for them to learn further, if they don’t get the basis.

Teach in a variety of ways

Don’t be lazy to use as many different materials for your lessons as possible. Students believe that the best teacher is able to teach in a big variety of ways: use books, videos, music, presentations, speeches, and everything that can be interesting for your students to accept (you know them better, so, you will definitely come up with good ideas).

If you show them a video, then give some papers with facts described in that video, then tell them all this info yourself, it will be much easier for your students to understand and get the material.

Be firm

It doesn’t mean you should be a dictator. But students do not like teachers who are too soft and mild. Too nice is not always nice, especially when it comes to teaching. There are always some students in a class (we think, you remember all those movies about high schools), who will try to persuade you that they do not need the material you give. Don’t make a sad face like that Okay meme on the Internet has!

Just stay consistent!

A good teacher always has objectives

When you start a lesson, make your students understand clearly what they will learn today. You should have clear objectives, as such a plan will help students concentrate and know what they are supposed to do during this class.

You can write something like “do nows” on the board, or just tell them your plan step by step.

9  Be a good example for your students

One student has told us a story about his teacher, who always brought tasty organic food and shared it with those students who didn’t bring lunch with them. He looked younger and very energetic, and some students changed their mind about what they age, because they just wanted to look like a teacher.

This is an example of a teacher who influenced his students positively. If you follow this advice, your students will thank you.

10 Believe in them!

Don’t ignore your student, if you see he is not interested in your subject, or he doesn’t understand anything. Just try to believe in everyone, and don’t leave any of your students behind.

Ask each of them to explain what exactly they don’t like or understand, explain this once again, make sure they’ve got it this time. It is very important for a student to feel the support of his teacher and know, that he will always help when it is needed.

You Want to be a Popular Teacher!? – Here are 24 Steps How to do it

Don’t you hate it when you get the feeling that your pupils don’t like you or have something against you? Here are some tips to get on their good side.

  1. Have a unique character. This normally only works if you’re new, but if you stick to a certain personality that may be mean/angry etc. You will gain respect for it, as long as you’re not unjust or act like you’re better than your students.
  2. Ask for a class opinion. Have a discussion with your class about what could make class more interesting, and what would help them. Remember that while you are in charge, everything you do is to try to teach them; so if they complain about something as a group, it’s worth looking into. The same things normally come up like listening to music, participation, and eating in class. Listen to their suggestions and compromise.
  3. Be flexible. Listen to your students! You’ll be amazed how much they’ll respect you when you do. But don’t let the kids rule you, and be careful not to rule them. Remember that, though they are younger, you are all equals. Of course they’ll want to take advantage of these fun things, but you still want to maintain control. Do not be overly strict; don’t tell them that you’ll hold them in after the bell, because it’s not only your time, but their time. Remember that your class is most likely not the most important thing to them, and don’t act as such. They have busy lives, just like you.
  4. Make the work you give to students fun. Any subject can be interesting if done through a game or puzzles. Never waste the students’ time by giving busy work. Make sure that your assignment is actually going to teach them something or help them apply class principles in real life. Busy work is a hassle for everyone. Moreover, they will see it it as pointless for you teach something not relevant to the subject you are teaching. No matter what you teach, but especially for math, make sure that you give examples for every type of problem you expect your students to complete.
  5. Stay in fashion. While still dressing appropriately for your age and maintaining decorum, keep in touch with fashion to help the students relate to you more. Discussing what’s new in trends with your students will give you a better feel for where they’re coming from as well.
  6. Keep in mind that your students cannot remember everything. Make sure to remind them about things when necessary.
  7. Know how to console your students. Be someone who can give advice on solving the students’ dilemma. Give respect, and never humiliate a student in front of the class unless the context is a very clear joke. Remember, humiliation offends far more people than just the student in question. Don’t draw sticks or cards with student’s names on them – this serves no purpose other than to humiliate them. Teach the material, and if they know, they will raise their hands. If they don’t, it’s your job to show them, so you should just tell them the answers on the sheet or work.
  8. Show your passion! Stay interested and involved with your work, remember why you became a teacher in the beginning. Your love of a subject and excitement for it can influence your pupils greatly.
  9. Earn their respect with discipline. It will be difficult for them to respect you if you cannot keep a handle on your classroom. Once you have shown them you can handle the group, it will be easier to be relaxed and fun with them. Don’t be the ‘cool’ teacher that lets their students get away with murder!
  10. Grade fairly. Make sure that not all of your assignments are subjective. For those that are, take precautions such as reading the first page with the name last, or having students write their names on the backs of the papers so you don’t know who it is before you grade.
  11. Don’t complain about your job, salary, or that you have to do conferences – it is part of your job, you picked it. If a business man told his customers how much he hated his job, would they buy his product? No! It also makes students feel bad about themselves if you hate being there with them.
  12. Remember that education is more than teaching students what to think, it is also teaching them how to think. Encourage diverse opinions (even if those opinions differ from your own).
  13. Care about what you teach! If you don’t like it, your students won’t either. If you expect your students to get good grades and put forth an effort, you have to as well.
  14. Don’t naively believe that everyone believes the same things you do (especially when it comes to religion), even if you live in a region where most people believe the same things.
  15. Don’t check out, especially if you teach high school. Letting movies teach your class for you isn’t cool; it is lazy and shows the students you don’t care.
  16. If you have a student who has read something that you haven’t or has an idea you don’t know how to respond to, respect their opinion and appreciate that someone has taken the time to do some extra research. If you don’t know how to respond, say things like “I’ve never heard that before. I will have to do some research.” It will actually make the student feel that his opinions are valid.
  17. If you don’t know the answer, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.” Students often know when the teacher doesn’t have a clue and that leads to a dramatic loss of respect. (And then don’t take the question as a challenge to your knowledge. Take it as a good question from a good, curious student.)
  18. Don’t be afraid to crack a few jokes.
  19. Try not to project any beliefs you have (religion, political, economical, etc.) onto your students. If you do, then make sure that they know that it’s what you believe, and that it’s not necessarily what everyone should believe.
  20. Don’t be someone you’re not. People can see right through you. It is more likely to get you made fun of than popular with students.
  21. Be reasonable; put yourself in your students’ shoes.
  22. Do NOT be hypocritical. If you want your students to tuck their shirts in, make sure you do so too.
  23. If you have a lesson that a snack can be incorporated into it is a fun treat every once in a while. It is a way to change it up a bit and, hey, everyone loves to eat!
  24. Stop complaining how much you have to grade. You were the one who assigned it. If you don’t want to grade it, don’t assign it!

How to Become the Best Teacher Students’ Advice

And when you are a teacher, it becomes even more difficult to become perfect for ALL your students. It’s clear, that we all are different, so your students are, and each of them has his own learning style. When your teaching style suits a learning style of your student, you will definitely become his best teacher ever. This is like to be on the same wave with someone. But it’s obvious, that all your 30 students (or 20, or even 10, it doesn’t matter actually) will never have the same opinion about your teaching methods, so, misunderstandings are impossible to avoid.

However, you always can become a better teacher for your students, the main thing is to listen to them carefully. Here we have 10 advice from students to teachers, that will help you understand their principles better. You teach them of course, but you can always let them teach you a bit as well, can’t you?

So, if you want to become the best teacher for your students, you’d better not ignore what they say.

Let Your Students Help You Be a Better Teacher for Them

Writing Prompts – 99

1

A good teacher is an assertive teacher

Your students can have problems, bad days, stress, or even depressions as well. If you see that some of your students start to study worse, have no desire to do all schoolwork you give them, and just want to give up everything, do not be in a hurry to argue and tell them about how bad or lazy they become.

You can become like a parent to them. Support your student, ask about what happens to him, push him to do better. If you see that your student is depressed, maybe it would be better to meet with him after classes and find out what exactly is going on.

2

Be their friend, but don’t go too far

Students just don’t like when their teacher starts behaving like a student himself. Stay professional, help students with schoolwork, listen to them, talk about their lives, but remember who you are. Even if you are a young specialist, and you are almost of the same age with your students, there is no need to use all those slang words (even if you use them in your everyday life).

Your students will find it rude and unprofessional. As far as you understand, this is not the best method to get a good reputation. Your students just will not take you seriously.

3

Make your lesson relevant to their lives

If you want your students to remember your lessons, just try to connect the information you provide with some moments of your students’ life. You can use some of them as an example, describing this or that situation: it would be more interesting for them to visit such lessons, but not those boring ones where you try to explain them the importance of differential equations for our science.

Just try to come up with an example, how these differential equations can help THEM in the future.

4

Your time should be used wisely

Remember who you are and where you are. Students don’t like, when their teacher begins to tell them about his life, how better it was when he was younger, how better and more patient all students were then, blah-blah-blah. Your student visits your lesson to learn something on the subject, so, don’t give him a reason to miss this class next time.

Remember, that time is important for your students as well, so, they would not be happy to waste it for lessons which don’t give them anything except personal stories from their teacher’s life.

5

More explanations

Even if you consider yourself a cool teacher who explains everything in a way that even the stupidest person would understand you, don’t be lazy to explain it to your students several times, and what is even more important – try to do that in different manners. Sometimes, they really don’t get it, but it’s not because they are stupid: maybe some of them just think different.

Be patient, and explain your material over and over again, making sure all students understand what you’re talking about. You know, how difficult it will be for them to learn further, if they don’t get the basis.

6

Teach in a variety of ways

Don’t be lazy to use as many different materials for your lessons as possible. Students believe that the best teacher is able to teach in a big variety of ways: use books, videos, music, presentations, speeches, and everything that can be interesting for your students to accept (you know them better, so, you will definitely come up with good ideas).

If you show them a video, then give some papers with facts described in that video, then tell them all this info yourself, it will be much easier for your students to understand and get the material.

7

Be firm

It doesn’t mean you should be a dictator. But students do not like teachers who are too soft and mild. Too nice is not always nice, especially when it comes to teaching. There are always some students in a class (we think, you remember all those movies about high schools), who will try to persuade you that they do not need the material you give. Don’t make a sad face like that Okay meme on the Internet has!

Just stay consistent!

8

A good teacher always has objectives

When you start a lesson, make your students understand clearly what they will learn today. You should have clear objectives, as such a plan will help students concentrate and know what they are supposed to do during this class.

You can write something like “do nows” on the board, or just tell them your plan step by step.

9

Be a good example for your students

One student has told us a story about his teacher, who always brought tasty organic food and shared it with those students who didn’t bring lunch with them. He looked younger and very energetic, and some students changed their mind about what they age, because they just wanted to look like a teacher.

This is an example of a teacher who influenced his students positively. If you follow this advice, your students will thank you.

10

Believe in them!

Don’t ignore your student, if you see he is not interested in your subject, or he doesn’t understand anything. Just try to believe in everyone, and don’t leave any of your students behind.

Ask each of them to explain what exactly they don’t like or understand, explain this once again, make sure they’ve got it this time. It is very important for a student to feel the support of his teacher and know, that he will always help when it is needed.

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