7 Great Tips for Teachers

Here are some great tips for those people who are making their first strides in the teaching profession. Each tip is comprehensive and includes its sub-tips.

  1. Be professional
  • You must be professional in how you dress, as well as your manner and attitude from the minute you are in the classroom.
  • Don’t be late to class.
  • Speak professionally and try to refrain from using slang.
  • Don’t be late to staff meetings.
  • Build a strong rapport with the parents.
  • Keep your composure when dealing with conflict.
  • Know your rights and responsibilities as a teacher.
  • Don’t share very personal information about yourself.
  1. Be prepared
  • Prepare your lesson plans in advance.
  • Prepare for more than you think you can accomplish.
  • Make lesson plans for substitute teachers.
  • Don’t throw anything away.
  • Be prepared for students reacting differently to the same material.
  1. Be organized
  • If you expect your students to come prepared and have all of their materials, so should you.
  • Be clear in stating your objectives and requirements on assignments.
  • Always tell students clearly what is due and when. Write assignments and due dates on the board as well.
  • Get a school calendar with all of the days off and other important information.
  • Keep your desk and files organized.

 

  1. Be patient
  • Don’t rush. Give your students enough time to think.
  • If students have trouble answering your questions, ask lead-in questions.
  • Listen attentively to students’ problems.
  • Accept the fact that not all students will achieve the same results academically.

 

  1. Be a real person and treat each student as a real person too
  • Always treat your students with respect.
  • Never use sarcasm towards your students or make them feel bad about themselves.
  • Don’t dislike any student. You can only dislike certain behaviors or attitudes.
  • Always make sure that all students feel included in your classroom.
  • Do not pretend to know everything and admit when you are wrong.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Smile – it’s one of the most important ingredients for a healthy learning environment.

 

  1. Be sensible when it comes to discipline
  • Always be clear in what you expect.
  • Know your school’s discipline policy.
  • Do your absolute best to avoid confrontation in the classroom.
  • Do not argue with students in class. Instead, discuss problems one-on-one after class.
  • Be consistent in how you deal with your students. Don’t give special treatment to anyone.
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  1. Be aware of your own needs
  • Give yourself at least 30 minutes to relax every day.
  • Take time to deal with stress when it happens.
  • Learn how to say “No.”
  • Don’t strive to be perfect. Just do your best.

Vocabulary

  1. Stride – long step
  2. Refrain – stop oneself from doing something; abstain
  3. Slang – informal language; colloquialisms
  4. Rapport – bond; close/special relationship; mutual understanding
  5. Composure – self-control
  6. Substitute teacher – a teacher who teaches a school class when the regular teacher is unavailable
  7. Objective (n)aim; goal
  8. Due date – the day by which something must be done
  9. Lead-in questions – introductory questions; questions that lead to something else
  10. Sarcasm – irony; ridicule
  11. Sensible – done with wisdom; realistic; reasonable; rational
  12. Authoritative – commanding and self-confident; self-assured
  13. Strive – make great efforts to achieve or obtain something

Questions for Discussion

  1. In what other ways not mentioned above should teachers demonstrate their professionalism?
  2. Have you ever known a teacher that met all of the criteria listed above? Describe them.
  3. Have you ever had a lesson for which the teacher was unprepared? Describe what gave it away and what he/she did to compensate for their lack of preparation.

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