You have to love the job! Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It doesn’t pay a lot or even what you are worth or even what you put into it. So if money is what you want, don’t teach! You won’t get rich teaching but you should be able to eke out a decent lower middle class living.
You have to love the job! Teaching is not for the faint of heart. You have long hours and you are not always appreciated: not by the parents, not by the students, and not by the administration; although the more effective you become, the more you will be loved.
You have to love the job! Teaching is not for the faint of heart. You will have mundane duties that take up too much time, and undisciplined children, and kids who won’t do their homework; and constant paperwork, and after hour meetings and conferences.
So how do you become an effective teacher? You must love the job. You may not love every student every day, but the day the job is NOT about the students, is the day you need to resign. Kids test you all the time. It comes with the territory of teacher, parent, youth leader, and babysitter. When you deal with kids, there will be days that they get on your nerves, which is why you must love the job…
The first rule of becoming an effective teacher is you must establish control of the classroom by establishing rules and procedures with consequences and rewards. Some ineffective teachers try to bribe their kids into behaving with “fun stuff”. Rewards are good, but the teacher must be perceived as the “BOSS”. If he or she is perceived as being able to be manipulated, then the children have won and the teacher has lost. You can not teach effectively if you don’t have good disciplinary methods.
Bad discipline includes: yelling a lot, crying, ignoring problems, being oblivious of problems, throwing kids out of the class habitually. These are all signs of loss of control. Effective discipline includes establishing a few important rules and explaining them to the class, anticipating bad behavior or situations – like recognizing when kids are distracting each other or picking on each other, establishing the expectation of work ethic and behavior, keeping kids busy (idleness is the number one cause of discipline issues in the classroom), and having quick and fair consequences to infractions.
The second rule for becoming an effective teacher is KNOW YOUR CONTENT. Even little kids can tell when their teacher does not know what they are talking about. Kids may not always want to work, but they do want to learn. A teacher who knows their content usually projects excitement and that sparks excitement in the student. A teacher’s education needs to be ongoing.
The third rule for becoming an effective teacher is to relate to your students. This is not the same as being their friend or even speaking the local colloquialism of the day. You don’t want to be too chummy with your students as often this undermines their respect of you, which will affect number one- your ability to establish discipline and control. But you do want your student to believe that you care about them. Some teachers have a tight rein on their kids but the kids hate them because they don’t feel loved. And yes, kids of all ages want to feel loved. Kids will give you all that they have if they believe that they are important to you. Noticing new haircuts or outfits, or having special pet names for them or fussing at them for not doing their homework will all gain respect and love from your students; but if you don’t have control, this can all backfire on you,
Kids need you to be in charge and knowledgeable and likeable, in that order. You have smart teachers who don’t relate to the students, you can have nice smart teachers who can’t control the classroom; you can have strong disciplinarians who don’t know their subject or who don’t know their subject. All of these scenarios will be less effective.
The final rule for becoming an effective teacher is the teaching piece: you have to be able to communicate your knowledge in a manner that the students understand. Sometimes it is by new and improved teaching methods; sometimes it is by the old tried and true methods; often it is by a combination of the two. The final way to become an effective teacher is by continuing to hone your craft and find different ways to transmit your ideas; ways that work for both you and your student. Not all people learn the same way, so an effective teacher uses many methods to transmit the content, and an effective teacher is willing to go the extra mile to help a willing student.
Did I mention that the way to be an effective teacher is YOU MUST LOVE THE JOB? Love the job and the work on the rest. Effectiveness will come.