To often I hear the whizz bang theories and ideas of speakers about teaching. They speak about new ways to teach through to how you should manage and motivate your class. While some of these speaker have merit, it all means little if you do not have the fundamentals rights at the start.
first things that you need in the class room is presence. You as a motivated teacher need to
establish yourself in the class from day one. It does not matter if it
the best class or the worse, you need to let them know you are there and
that you as the teacher are in control. It may take a bit of time to get on top of
some classes, but that is part of your job as a teacher, and every time
you have that class you need to re-enforce to them you are the boss. You
will eventually win them over.
The second thing that
is important is being in your room all the time. Not only is this a
legal requirement but the only way a student can truly learn is if you
are there teaching them the information. To often I see teachers out of their
room talking to other staff about no school related topics or back in
the staff room trying to catch up on work. This is both unprofessional
and dangerous to your career. If a student hurts them self while you are
out of the class room you will find yourself in a lot of trouble. You are the leader and motivator for your class, you need to be in there at all times.
only should you not leave the room you should try to limit the amount
of disruptions that occur. Don't invite other staff to chat while your
class is working. Disruption can reduce the amount of motivation in your students. It maybe unavoidable sometimes, just like, you may
need to duck out every now and again, but it should not become a habit.
You are employed to teach and your students do want you there.
final point that is important is that you need to know what you are
teaching. You must at least have a basic knowledge of your subject and
be willing to learn more. While you have come through university and
have a knowledge of your subject, you need to keep up to date with all
the latest information and add things to your lesson when required. This
keeps the lesson interesting as you can add more than what the text
book says. As a teacher you need to be motivated to read the news daily, watch documentaries, and keep an ear out
for anything related to your subject that sounds interesting.
are the basic fundamentals of teaching. You can, and should add to
this, but just like building a house, if you don't get the foundations
right the rest will not work. Assert yourself in the classroom, remain
in your room at all times, and know your stuff. Be a leader and motivated your students to learn. You may not realise this
but your students will appreciate that you are doing all of this.
Teaching is a great job, very rewarding and even quite easy when you get