Teaching is one of the most important jobs.As a teacher, you can shape the minds of others and encourage them to think outside the box.To be a good teacher, you need to be organized.Lesson plans, objectives, activities, and assessment plans can be created well in advance of class day.Get your students interested in learning by fostering a positive, supportive, yet challenging classroom environment.Seek out other teachers for assistance.
Step 1: There is a daily objective for your students.
It shows your students that you put thought into the day's work and you know where it is going.The objectives should be clear, brief, and realistic.Reminders should be given to your students as each objective is completed.An objective in a high school literature class is to read a particular poem by the end of the period.Some teachers like to post their objectives on the board.It is okay if some objectives are not met every day.It's better to follow the flow of a particular conversation than to go back to the original topic.
Step 2: Listen closely to your students.
After they made a statement, ask them open-ended questions.They should ask you questions as well.If you nodding your head or gesturing for them to continue, you're listening to them.If you must interrupt, give them eye contact and try not to interrupt.Being an active listener shows your students that you care about them.They will be more likely to respect you as a teacher.It is a good idea to teach your students how to respectfully listen to someone who disagrees with them.Can you tell me more about what you are saying?Does anyone else want to jump in?
Step 3: The students should be on task.
Time limits can be set for classroom activities.You can use your responses to their remarks as a classroom management tool.You could say, "I really like what you are saying."What do you think about it connecting with objective number five?
Step 4: Students should be pushed to succeed.
In order for your students to be intellectually challenged, try to create an environment in which they can thrive.Let them know that it's okay to fail.It's important to strike a balance between setting too high of goals for them and being push-over.Students progress can be used to guide your way.They should be steadily improving, but not without a lot of effort.You could give a short, advanced-level reading assignment to high school students and ask them to use a dictionary to look up unfamiliar words.This is a great way to challenge students to expand their vocabulary.
Step 5: Discipline in a way that is prompt and thoughtful.
The rules for your classroom should be clear and consistent.Don't allow a student to break a rule in the classroom.If you make a disciplined action, don't dwell on it or you could create more problems.Make sure the consequences match the level of the offense committed.A simple verbal warning for a first offense can be used to correct a student disrupting a quiet period.You can speak with the student after class.It is possible to issue a consequence without disrupting your classroom.
Step 6: Leadership roles should be assigned to difficult students.
Some students create problems in a classroom due to sheer boredom or feeling disconnected from their teacher.Give a student small tasks to complete.Give them more difficult and public responsibilities over time.A student might be asked to serve as a time-keeper for class.This option won't work for every student.Do not give them more advanced tasks if they don't do well at the simple tasks.
Step 7: You should express a personal interest in students.
Students are less likely to exhibit challenging classroom behaviors if you show them that you enjoy their company and value their opinions.Students should be asked about their daily lives and interests.In return, tell your students information about you.You can talk to your students about where they are going.
Step 8: When addressing a group of students, keep calm.
It is easy to lose your cool when faced with a challenging student.Try to look at their perspective, instead of taking a deep breath.They should explain their position in more detail.Encourage other students to participate in the discussion.
Step 9: Quiet students should be given many ways of participation.
There are many reasons a student might not speak in class.Creating a safe environment for all opinions is how to encourage them to learn.There are a variety of assignment options.If you want to teach your style, don't put a spotlight on quiet students.
Step 10: Help struggling students.
Students who are struggling academically early on should be identified.Consider offering in-class resources.They can be directed to external resources, such as subject tutoring.
Step 11: You have to be a professional all the time.
It is appropriate to dress appropriately for your teaching environment.Keep your classroom organized.Prepare for each day of teaching.Show your respect by talking to your colleagues.Try to live up to the model of a professional teacher by thinking about what it means to be one.One of your past teachers is someone you would describe as a true professional.Think about how you could mimic their behavior in your classroom and career.
Step 12: Keep your sense of humor by laughing.
Learning doesn't have to be serious 24/7.You should laugh at yourself if you do something that is funny.Students will be more comfortable with you being a bit self-deprecating.Students will remember the material better if you include humor or jokes in your lesson plans.
Step 13: Positive mantras should be repeated on bad days.
Some teaching days will fall into the category of disaster.If you stay positive, your students will pick up on your negative energy.Take a moment and say, "Tomorrow is a new day" or "It's going to be okay"You could say out loud, "I love teaching because..." and list off a few reasons.Think about a time when you saw an improvement in a student's life because of your efforts.If the students have had a bad day, you might say that you want to start the day over again.
Step 14: Good relationships can be created with the parents.
Communication is important when working with parents.In-person conferences as well as written behavioral reports can be used to keep in touch with them.Let them know that you are interested in what they have to say about teaching.They can help with events and celebrations in your classroom.Ask the Parent Teacher Association at your school what you can do to help.
Step 15: Teaching mentors is a good way to seek them out.
Look for other teachers at your school who are willing to discuss teaching with you or who will allow you to sit in on their classes.They should be invited to your classroom as well.Ask them to give you constructive criticism after they have seen you teach.If they have suggestions on how to be a better teacher, you should check them out.They might suggest that you state your objectives more clearly.You can talk about how you would do this.It is a good idea to exchange teaching materials with your mentors.You should show them the format that you use for the tests.You don't have to teach the same thing.Teaching organizations can be used to find mentors.When you need advice, seek it out from the people you meet.
Step 16: Take time to reflect.
At the end of each semester or teaching period, sit down and evaluate what worked well and what didn't.Before teaching a particular class again, be honest with yourself and assess what you can do to change.If you're preparing for a course that causes problems, you might want to reach out to your mentor.Students might react better to projects using media.Think about how you can incorporate more media-driven activities in your classroom if that is the case.
Step 17: Professional development opportunities are available.
If you want to meet other education professionals, go to teaching conferences.Local magazines and newspapers can be used to publish articles about teaching.You can serve as a grader for exams in your area.You will be a model for your students if you keep learning.