Educators: Would you Want To Be in Your Class?
With back to school under way and many enthusiastic children (and perhaps a few not so enthusiastic children) ready to greet the school year, how can we as teachers ensure that we give our students the best learning experience ever?
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Teaching is about learning, how will you ensure that your students are learning? After all, just because you taught it, doesn’t mean they learned it.
- Would you want to be a child in your classroom?
- How do you ignite the passion for learning for your students?
For each activity you provide your students with, ask yourself:
-Does it stretch their thinking?
-Is it something they already know?
-What permanent learning will it lead to?
With that in mind, I can assure you that it’s rarely helpful to ask a student to copy something down, aside from reminders, even then, why not take a picture?
Be the teacher you would want to have, treat every student with respect, model respect and over time, your students will learn the importance of respect. Take the time to make every child feel important, the individual greeting at the door or noticing how hard they are working or how polite they are. Recall back to when you were in school and how important it was for you to be noticed for something by your teacher. Avoid busy work, provide tasks that inspire, motivate and engage. An element of choice goes a long way for a student. Remember that random learning, rarely leads to permanent learning. With that being said, help your students make the connections as to why they’re learning what they’re learning. Ask them, ‘why do you think we’re learning this?’ Every child should be able to answer the question. If not, perhaps revisit what you are teaching.
This year, strive to be the best teacher you can be, give your students reason to remember you for the best class ever. And, with everything you do, ask yourself, is this the class I would like to be in?
Have a great year educators! More from Deb.