Teaching is one of the toughest jobs on earth. Not only because of the huge responsibility of training and educating generations of students lie on a teacher’s hands, but also because of current circumstances that make the classroom setting challenging. For example, the teaching profession itself is plagued with issues such as low pay, understaffing, and clashing parent-and-school criteria about teaching and disciplinary policies. Meanwhile, the education sector is faced with concerns such as inconsistent state support, low enrollment figures and budget cuts.
Despite these scenarios, there are still plenty of great educators who would willingly volunteer their time, resources, and wisdom just to teach and be better with it. These teachers present classroom methods that make learning effective, fun and meaningful, under any circumstances.
1. Planning is everything.
For the long-term, planning involves finalizing a lesson plan and the syllabus for the semester. These documents will help a teacher ensure that all required concepts will be discussed with the class; it will also help in pushing activities that will reinforce learning, i.e. writing exercises, field trips, reading sessions.
Planning is also important in terms of day-to-day schedule. This will ensure that a teacher will have sufficient time for checking attendance, grading papers, or entertaining a parent meeting or phone call. When a teacher’s daily tasks are well-planned out, classroom time is given sufficient focus and attention.
2. Listening is teaching.
A class with interactive and dynamic communication behaviors is more open and accepting of new ideas and complex concept. Teachers are able to deliver their material better if they are able to speak to their students at a language that is understandable to them and using examples that are relevant to their experiences. Needless to say, this is possible if the teacher listens to the students sincerely to get to know their level better. Listening to student feedback and paying attention to their input will help teachers adjust their presentations that will be most beneficial for the whole class.
3. Keeping still is moving forward.
An active, energetic class is a sign that the students are learning and willingly absorbing the lessons, but a class is as participative and dynamic even when it is quiet. The importance of keeping still is illustrated by a best-kept teaching secret: the class will be highly likely to follow instructions quickly and without ado when a teacher stands still while giving out instructions. Likewise, a teacher that allows the class time to think, read and absorb the lessons after a period of talking, listening and active participation, is a teacher that gives his students space and respect to fully maximize what they have learned for the day.