Monday, 21 July 2014

Teaching- From the Group Up: A Motivated Approach

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.

The 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.

Not 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.

The 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.

These 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 it right.

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