A wise quotation from Henry Brooks-Adams states, ‘A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops’. Teaching is a noble profession which affects all other professions. All other professions exist as a result of good teaching. The future of any nation depends on teachers. They are the cornerstone of a society. On any given day a teacher can be a counselor, a judge, mother or father, a provider and anything that any particular child desires him or her to be Realizing the vital role that teachers play each day, it is important for teachers to be reminded of a few things to make their jobs more profitable and meaningful. Here are a few tips for teachers to follow as the go from day to day. Teachers may already be aware of some of these tips but a gentle reminder is always good.
- Plan for your class
As the saying goes: ‘If you fail to plan, you’ve planned to fail’. Planning for the class is vital. Spend time writing your lesson plans including activities for all types of learners. It is important to not just write plans but to plan the other activities also For example, if there is a dramatic activity that is included in the plan, you should plan ahead of time how the dramatic presentation will go. Proper planning is important. It can either make or break your lesson. So plan carefully and thoroughly.
- Be firm from the start.
Students ‘read’ the signals that teachers send from the moment he or she enters the classroom on the first day. They are so smart, they can tell which teacher they can wrap around their little fingers and which ones they never dare mess around with So, teachers, one tip for you is that you be very firm from the start. Know what you want to achieve and state it clearly. Lay down your rules and share these rules with them. When the students know what you stand for and what you will not tolerate they will know their boundaries.
- Manage your classroom.
Another tip for teachers is that you manage your classroom well Classroom management is important as it enhances the teaching/ learning process. A teacher who allows the class to do as they please will not achieve their objectives at the end of the day, and if no improvement is made over the course of the year, there will be failure on the part of the teacher and the pupils. The teacher needs to control the learning environment through discipline of the pupils, proper planning and execution of the lessons, and a visually appealing classroom.
Teachers are always emphasizing the importance of punctuality in pupils, but it is even more important for the teacher to be early for school. When the teacher is punctual he or she has time to prepare for the pupils, and when the pupils see the teacher at his or her place they are more settled. The teacher is less flustered and more relaxed when he or she is punctual.
- Attend school regularly.
Regular attendance of teachers gives pupils stability. They will come to know that teacher will be there when they get to school and feel a sense of confidence and trust in the teacher. They will make a special attempt to attend school regularly as they anticipate the next set of lessons the teacher has in store for them. If the teacher is frequently absent it will break and hinder the teaching/learning process and will contribute to disciplinary problems.
- Have frequent parent/teacher conferences
Frequent interactions with parents are an important tip for teachers to follow. Parents can get feedback from the teacher about the child’s performance academically and in other areas of his or her school life. A conference of that nature helps the teacher to learn about the child from his or her parents and the parents will learn what type of child he or she is at school. The teacher can also give the parents tips to help the child at home. These six tips for teachers should help to steer them in the right direction as they chart the way forward to educate the nation’s children and create a brighter future.