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Being a good teacher can be the most rewarding and exciting job in the world - however,
being a teacher who doesn't work effectively can be stressful, painful, and exhausting. Here is
some information on being a good teacher you may find useful.

Method
1
Classroom Management
1
Set a good example to your students. Remember that you are the teacher. It is important for
you to be like a "superhero" figure in their eyes. Remember that your students look up to you
and will try to mimic your disposition. If you are rude or inappropriate, they will have an
inappropriate model for their behavior. It is vital that students see you as a person with
confidence, so that they follow your lead, and feel comfortable talking to you. Students, of all
ages, need someone they can lean on, look up to, and trust.
2
Have well-defined consequences. Set specific consequences for breaking the rules. Decide
what those consequences are and then implement them consistently. Your consequences
should follow a procedure that starts with a non-verbal signal (such as just looking at the
student), to a verbal signal (asking the student to please stop talking), to a verbal warning (if
this continues there will be consequences), to the implementation of the consequence. The
consequences are up to you and depend on the program of the school. Many schools have a
detention system (students do despise detentions), or perhaps writing lines, or sitting away
from other students.
3
Be compassionate. Great educators form strong relationships with their students and show
that they care about them as people. They are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. Be
open to staying at school after-hours to help students or get involved in school-wide
committees and activities, and they demonstrate a commitment to the school.
4
Set some ground rules. You should have 3-5 rules that the students know about. These are the
rules that, when broken, are subject to the consequence scheme outlined above. Try allowing
the class to suggest the ground rules: have a class discussion and write ideas, it makes the
class feel they are listened to and that you care about their opinions and input while also

setting some groundwork that they will feel loyal to because they've made it. Act as a
mediator to make sure that the rules decided upon are appropriate. Some may be, for
instance, be quiet when the teacher is talking, respect each other, and finish the homework
and classwork.
5
Try maintaining a creative environment! This will help children (5-11) think more creatively
and they will come up with cool, new ideas.

6
Maintain peace in the classroom.
7
Never let your students down when they come to you with their problems. Even if the
problems are out of syllabus, try to help the student by using the Internet or library. It would
gain both of you some knowledge.
8
Orally ask about basics before teaching a topic in-depth. Clear the base points which seem to
be unknown to your students.
9
Ask more basic questions in the class, rather than asking something that is taught just today.
Everyone needs some time to learn.
10
Create competition in a positive aspect.
11
Be smart to deviate attention of students from everything else to the topic.
12
Appeal to students' interest in the topic instead of commanding them to study.
13
Understand that every topic in the book has some practical application. Don't forget to
discuss that part as it is the most important one.
Method
2
Lesson Planning
1
Have an objective. When you are planning a lesson, the most vital part is the objective. What
do you want your students to take away from the lesson? If the objective is powerful, deep,

and reflects what you really want students to learn, it will be reflected in the lesson.
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2
Have a solid plan for your lessons. Each and every lesson should be divided into three simple
parts that reflect your objective.
First should be the "lecture" part of the lesson. This is where you teach something new to the
class (of course allowing for questions or comments when applicable).
Dedicate the second part of class to something that involves a collective group work element
where students can work with whoever they want. Near the end of this part, you can have a
discussion session where groups voice their findings/opinions, and give marks for adequate
participation.
The final part of every lesson should be where the students return to their seats and work
QUIETLY on one final task, such as answering specific questions written on the board, or
drawing a picture related to something they learned that lesson. The students should only talk
to you (if they have a question about what/how to do it) or the person sitting directly next to
them. This is the wind-down part where students get a chance to work on and understand the
material on their own.
3
Assign relevant homework. Rather than assigning something different every night, it is wise to
assign one or two more substantial assignments on Monday and then collect these
assignments on Friday.
4
Consider giving quizzes. You may want to have a quiz every Friday to assess how well the
students are grasping the material. You can judge how well you are teaching by how well the
majority of your students perform on the quizzes.
5
Take short notes. Revise once before teaching your class.
6
Try using a case study.
7
If you have any doubt about the artifacts, skip something. It's better to review the basics in
class premises than to teach something confusing or wrong.
8
Once you have developed a great lesson plan, your work is not done. Be sure to update lesson
plans regularly to address gaps in the curriculum and incorporate new technology.
9
Make your students excited to learn! Doing the same thing everyday will eventually bore
students. Do something both enjoyable and educational every once in a while.

10
Don't be too strict. Your students shouldn't see you as their best friend, but they shouldn't be
scared of you either. Strike a personality balance that you and your students feel comfortable
with.
11
Act like the person you want them to become. Your students look up to you. The way you act
towards them has an effect on how they treat others. Make sure this is a good effect.

How to Become the Best Teacher


Students' Advice

by Andrei Zakhareuski 79,751 views | 7 comments


Nobody's perfect.

And when you are a teacher, it becomes even more difficult to become perfect for ALL your
students. It's clear, that we all are different, so your students are, and each of them has his
own learning style. When your teaching style suits a learning style of your student, you will
definitely become his best teacher ever. This is like to be on the same wave with someone.
But it's obvious, that all your 30 students (or 20, or even 10, it doesn't matter actually) will
never have the same opinion about your teaching methods, so, misunderstandings are
impossible to avoid.

However, you always can become a better teacher for your students, the main thing is to
listen to them carefully. Here we have 10 advice from students to teachers, that will help you
understand their principles better. You teach them of course, but you can always let them
teach you a bit as well, can't you?

So, if you want to become the best teacher for your students, you'd better not ignore what
they say.

Let Your Students Help You Be a Better Teacher for Them

1
A good teacher is an assertive teacher
Your students can have problems, bad days, stress, or even depressions as well. If you see
that some of your students start to study worse, have no desire to do all schoolwork you give

them, and just want to give up everything, do not be in a hurry to argue and tell them about
how bad or lazy they become.

You can become like a parent to them. Support your student, ask about what happens to him,
push him to do better. If you see that your student is depressed, maybe it would be better to
meet with him after classes and find out what exactly is going on.

2
Be their friend, but don't go too far
Students just don't like when their teacher starts behaving like a student himself. Stay
professional, help students with schoolwork, listen to them, talk about their lives, but
remember who you are. Even if you are a young specialist, and you are almost of the same
age with your students, there is no need to use all those slang words (even if you use them in
your everyday life).

Your students will find it rude and unprofessional. As far as you understand, this is not the
best method to get a good reputation. Your students just will not take you seriously.

3
Make your lesson relevant to their lives
If you want your students to remember your lessons, just try to connect the information you
provide with some moments of your students' life. You can use some of them as an example,
describing this or that situation: it would be more interesting for them to visit such lessons,
but not those boring ones where you try to explain them the importance of differential
equations for our science.

Just try to come up with an example, how these differential equations can help THEM in the
future.

4
Your time should be used wisely
Remember who you are and where you are. Students don't like, when their teacher begins to
tell them about his life, how better it was when he was younger, how better and more patient
all students were then, blah-blah-blah. Your student visits your lesson to learn something on
the subject, so, don't give him a reason to miss this class next time.

Remember, that time is important for your students as well, so, they would not be happy to
waste it for lessons which don't give them anything except personal stories from their
teacher's life.

5
More explanations
Even if you consider yourself a cool teacher who explains everything in a way that even the
stupidest person would understand you, don't be lazy to explain it to your students several
times, and what is even more important try to do that in different manners. Sometimes, they
really don't get it, but it's not because they are stupid: maybe some of them just think
different.

Be patient, and explain your material over and over again, making sure all students
understand what you're talking about. You know, how difficult it will be for them to learn
further, if they don't get the basis.

6
Teach in a variety of ways
Don't be lazy to use as many different materials for your lessons as possible. Students believe
that the best teacher is able to teach in a big variety of ways: use books, videos, music,
presentations, speeches, and everything that can be interesting for your students to accept
(you know them better, so, you will definitely come up with good ideas).

If you show them a video, then give some papers with facts described in that video, then tell
them all this info yourself, it will be much easier for your students to understand and get the
material.

7
Be firm
It doesn't mean you should be a dictator. But students do not like teachers who are too soft
and mild. Too nice is not always nice, especially when it comes to teaching. There are always
some students in a class (we think, you remember all those movies about high schools), who
will try to persuade you that they do not need the material you give. Don't make a sad face
like that Okay meme on the Internet has!

Just stay consistent!

A good teacher always has objectives


When you start a lesson, make your students understand clearly what they will learn today.
You should have clear objectives, as such a plan will help students concentrate and know what
they are supposed to do during this class.

You can write something like do nows on the board, or just tell them your plan step by step.

9
Be a good example for your students
One student has told us a story about his teacher, who always brought tasty organic food and
shared it with those students who didn't bring lunch with them. He looked younger and very
energetic, and some students changed their mind about what they age, because they just
wanted to look like a teacher.

This is an example of a teacher who influenced his students positively. If you follow this
advice, your students will thank you.

q
Believe in them!
Don't ignore your student, if you see he is not interested in your subject, or he doesn't
understand anything. Just try to believe in everyone, and don't leave any of your students
behind.

Ask each of them to explain what exactly they don't like or understand, explain this once
again, make sure they've got it this time. It is very important for a student to feel the support
of his teacher and know, that he will always help when it is needed.

The article is written by Alex Strike. He is a blogger and staff writer of thesis help, a website
that helps students reach their academic goals. Alex is always ready to share his thoughts on
different topics and help you with writing. You can find more his works on Google+, and he will
answer all your questions.

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