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Teaching And Connecting With Students

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Your first day

It's your first day on the job and you are about to teach your first class. You have all of your notes prepared, the lesson laid out perfectly, and all of your supplies and ideas ready for use. The one thing that's left now is connecting with your students. This is key for both your experience as a teacher and for the students in their ability to learn. There is a big difference noted in many studies between overall learning in students who have bad teachers vs. good teachers, and this article will explain what you can do to be effective at delivering your message and lesson.

Put yourself in their shoes

You were a student once, so you have to know what it's like to be in

Bored Student
their position. They would rather be home having fun and probably don't have a great passion for what you are teaching. So right off the bat don't think that your level of passion for the subject you are teaching equals theirs, that's a recipe for disaster. The first thing to do is put yourself in their shoes and try to find ways that would keep you interested if you were taking your own class! This means that 50 minutes of chalk board writing and black text on white background PowerPoint presentations aren't going to cut it. Find some creative ways to get the students involved and interested while still being able to teach your lesson in a timely and effective manner and you will be a hit success at the place you teach.

Humor and examples are always good

It's difficult to find a workplace or where humor isn't appropriate, and humor can in fact help you be more effective at delivering your lesson. Humor causes human beings to lighten up and become more attentive. When someone is making you laugh you want to hear them more because they are interesting since they got you to react. Find ways to integrate humor into your lecture and you will see overall attendance, participation, and interest rise dramatically. Any teacher can be boring and shoot off a lesson and put students to sleep; don't be that teacher. You want to be a success and not a bore so get some jokes or humorous examples of what you are teaching and interject them into the lesson.

Examples are the other big key in getting students to take an interest and see them become more successful at learning. It's amazing how much more people retain when they have a visual or an example to go with it. If you teach your students about something that's bland or boring then give them an example to parallel it in their mind so when test time comes they can remember the example, thus remember the lesson. Who says they have to always memorize every single thing you teach? Let the examples be the gateway to them remembering your lesson so they can remember things easier. I probably couldn't tell you anything about what I learned in high school algebra, but when my teacher started giving me visual examples about why numbers go here and do this suddenly I could translate onto the paper more easily. Come test time these examples are what I thought of and immediately I knew how to solve the problem. A picture is worth a thousand words never rang so true, give them pictures and all of your words will be thrust into that image.

Assign meaningful homework

I know it's hard to do this sometimes but try your best to integrate homework with your lectures and lessons that help reinforce what you are teaching without putting your students to sleep. It may be difficult to do this if you are teaching a subject like math or chemistry but where there is a will there is a way. Don't just take the easy road most teachers go on by saying "Do numbers 1 - 20 tonight for homework" and pack up your stuff and leave. Find some way of getting your students to still do homework on those subjects with more potent learning material. This is what you call an early investment into your career. Just like writing for Infobarrel in the beginning and seeing almost nothing for your efforts, so too should you take this approach wit

h teaching and assigning homework. Make up homework lesson plans and take the time to make them good, so this way once the leg work is accomplished you can use them for years to come and won't have to do an ounce of work anymore. Your students will thank you for this when they realize you are the only teacher that has an active approach in their learning and sanity.

Every school and environment is different so not always can you take the approach of making premade homework and lesson plans. Textbooks change and curriculums are modified constantly so find out before you do this so your efforts aren't totally in vain. In spite of this, you should still make sure your efforts are towards making your students happy and assisting them in the learning process with assignments and homework. Don't be that teacher who just takes the easy road. This article is for teachers who want to be effective and adored by their students after all.

Final Thoughts

Putting yourself in your students' shoes will be the key to your effective ability to speak and teach them. Students who are bored and not involved won't be learning your material; they'll be playing on their extremely well hidden tablet or smartphone and waiting for the bell to ring. The next generations to come are too important to give up on them by doing the same old thing other teachers do. Give them a fighting chance by making your lessons interesting and then you will be connecting with your students at the highest level. Hopefully these tips gave you some good insight and offered a bunch of interesting ways to explore teaching in a greater way besides the normal routine.



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