When you look back on your own time in school, what was it that helped you succeed? It probably wasn't a particular course of study, or the building itself that helped you gain a love of learning. Instead, you're going to be thinking of that one teacher who always wanted you to succeed. These kinds of teachers are the ones who are remembered fondly and talked about for years after students leave the school.
Becoming an inspiring teacher can be challenging, but you can do it if you have the drive. Here's 7 simple ways you can inspire your students and get the most out of them while they're under your care.
To be inspiring, you need to do the opposite. Be positive with your students, and ignore the rule that says 'never smile before Christmas.' Remember to give praise when appropriate. Students will react better when you actively look for what they're doing right, and praise them for it. Positive reinforcement can work wonders.
See yourself as the guide to your students' learning. At the beginning of each lesson, give them clear objectives that they can understand. That way, they have a goal to be aiming for, and will be able to take greater pride in their work. as well as this, you can point students to the objectives if they say they don't understand what they need to do.
You won't get instant feedback, and you'll have to learn to live with that. You'll see the impact of your work gradually, as students get more confident and knowledgeable in the subjects you're teaching.
Getting an insight into their home life can help you enormously, too. If a child doesn't get a lot of encouragement at home, you're going to need to work harder to encourage them in the classroom. Get to know their parents too, as they can give you a lot of insight.
You can do the same. Make it clear to your students that they can always ask questions, and try new things, without judgement in your classroom. You'll find students are much more willing to push themselves because you're giving them the space to do so.
In your classroom, aim not to change your mind, or the rules, just because you feel like it. It might be easier to bend the rules when energy levels or low or you feel things aren't going well, but students will remember that. It's much easier to respect a teacher who puts reasonable rules in place, and sticks to them. This doesn't mean you can't make changes if they're appropriate, but if you do make sure you're transparent about why you're doing so.
This is especially true when children are struggling with a topic or subject. It's easy to become frustrated when you feel you aren't getting anywhere. Other students can become so anxious about not getting it right that it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Sit down with your students and listen to their worries and frustrations. You can find it easier to guide them if you know exactly where they're struggling, and they'll feel listened to and cared about in your classroom.
These 7 tips will help you become the kind of teacher you've always wanted to be. Put a little time and work in, and you'll see the difference in your students.