An ideal teacher is one who inspires hope, ignites the imagination and instills love for learning in her students. The following is a guide on becoming one-
Take up teaching if you love children and care for them from your heart. Children will have fun while learning when you are enjoying teaching them. Make your lessons as interactive and engaging as possible.
Makes a Difference
Teaching is a responsible profession as you would be making a difference in the lives of many. You need to make your students feel special, safe and secure with you. They may need your support also at times. The reason being that we do not know what the child has gone through before entering the classroom, either at home or elsewhere.
Bring Positive energy into your classroom everyday. Smile connects….use this feature generously no matter what turmoils you may be going through yourself. You need to mask your emotions to make them think of you as a superhero.
Know your students at a personal level too. What their interests are, their parents, their learning styles etc. for an effective bonding.
Enjoy your work. Do it for your self-growth and inspire others. Never give up and try your best.
Be up to date with marking of students assignments. Be organized and plan ahead. Last minute lesson planning may not be as effective. Keep a journal handy to write down any idea as soon as it crosses your mind.
You are not the only one who will be assessing students. You too will be constantly evaluated and criticized by your colleagues, parents and children. Be open-minded and when receiving constructive criticism. No one is perfect and there is always room for improvement.
Set certain standards for your students and as well as yourself. Make sure they know what is acceptable and what is not.
Be inspired and be creative. Inspiration can come from any source like books, blogs or social media. Never cease to be inspired.
Be open and flexible to changes. Go with the flow. Embrace it with open arms and show your capability to adapt to every situation.
Be kind to yourself and look at failures as lessons learnt which will strengthen your teaching skills. You are imparting and receiving education simultaneously. Keep reflecting your work and keep working on your weaknesses.