Contrary to popular belief, being an inspirational teacher is not something that only a few teachers will ever achieve. In fact, it’s something that all teachers can achieve if they put their minds to it. By becoming an inspiration, you can motivate and encourage your students to do great things in their lives, all with the aims of making this world a better place. Today, I’ll explore eight steps you can take on your journey to becoming an inspirational teacher.
Become a Role Model
I quickly found that students are very quick to dismiss something if they have no proof. It’s like telling someone the dangers of smoking while smoking yourself.
They’re simply not going to listen to you. A very basic example would be trying to teach your children to have good handwriting. If you don’t have legible writing, your students won’t.
Melisa C. Cross, a private tutor and a webmaster for Best Australian Writers, continues;
“Always remember the age-old saying of you practice what you preach. This is a great way to build habits as you and your students can work together to motivate and inspire each other.”
Put Your Students First
When it comes to teaching, the students are the stars of the show. When I began my teaching career, I quickly noticed that standing in front of a whiteboard and talking while the students took notes was the most ineffective method. Students quickly become bored and restless.
Instead, I become more of a class supervisor, and after teaching a subject, I would even get some students to come up and teach the class, recalling what they knew, only really correcting them if they were wrong or needed help.
Build Relationships with Your Students
I honestly don’t understand why there needs to be a teacher-student divide. At the end of the day, you’re going to be spending most of your time with these children on a daily basis. Why not build a relationship with them?
Get to know their dreams, their aspirations, what food they like and what their favourite colour is. Once you start caring about your students as individuals, rather than a class, they’ll have so much more respect for you.
Jeffery L. Kern, a teacher and content creator for Top Canadian Writers, explains;
“There are so many ways in which you can build a relationship with your students. Even just a quick ‘how are you’ to everyone in the morning and a little talk about their day so far can help to build massive amounts of respect that will reflect in your student’s response to your lessons.”
Welcome Your Students into Class
Have you ever wondered why hotels, restaurants and other hospitality places have people to greet you as you arrive at the door? It’s because the human spirit desires to be welcomed and it makes you feel so much more comfortable, even if you’re entering a place you go to every day.
When my class starts, I stand by the front of my door and welcome every student individually. I either shake their hand, give them a high-five or even just say hello! By starting your lessons off in a positive way, you can be sure that you’re going to have a positive lesson.
If you’ve got tests, exams or even inter-class sports day, aim for your class to be the best. If you don’t aim for 100%, you won’t get 100%. I love to drive up the passion for certain subjects in my classes.
Recently, we had a test that my school wanted to carry out to see how well the students were doing at maths. I motivated my class saying that every student was capable of achieving 100% and I believed in them. We achieved 96% pass rate, far higher than any other class in the school.
Encourage Human Interaction
A lot has changed since we’ve been in school. There’s now a huge overflow of smart devices, phones and digital gadgets. It’s also vital to remember that being a kid is hard work. Everything that’s said or done on social media can cause a backlash and becomes a breeding ground for things like cyber bullying.
Instead, encourage your students to turn off their smartphones in your lessons and actually communicate with one another in a human way. This can help your lessons run a lot more smoothly and can even benefit the children outside the classroom.
Remember the Children Are Human
Hand in hand with all the considerations above, remember that your students are human beings. If one of your students look said, just ask if they’re okay.
That doesn’t mean you have to point them out in front of the class. You could always wait until the class starts their work to have a little chat as you’re walking around to see how everyone is getting on. Be a human and be there for your students. You never know whose life you’re going to change.
Look After Yourself
By far the most important step on this list, it’s vital that you look after yourself. This means exercising, socialising, taking time out and minimising those stress levels. If you’re not healthy both physically and mentally, this is going to rub off on your class.
This guest post is provided by writer Jennifer Scott. Jennifer is a business developer who works in different areas of education, technology, security and various types of online marketing.