Young children are often eager, almost too eager. The problem arises when they are eager to do things other than what you’re trying to teach them. Here are five tips to keep them interested in class and motivated to do what you want them to do.
Homework was fun when you were a 6 year old trying to act like an older sibling. You couldn't wait for homework. In fact, you would make up assignments just to keep yourself busy. Once children hit 8 or 9, however, the excitement begins to diminish. The whole idea of homework is to reinforce learned material during school hours. Unfortunately, if the homework is not being completed, it has no benefit. To ensure completed homework, it is necessary to incorporate a bit of fun. There are a few fun ways to make homework enjoyable.
One of the most important aspects of a teacher's job is to motivate students. In order for a student to be motivated, he or she must possess a desire to learn and be willing to aim this desire toward achieving academic goals. For successful student motivation to occur, a student must want to participate in the learning process.
At our popular Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops, we always let the course participants name the problem areas they want to cover during the in-service workshop. We can always count on teachers asking for ideas for classroom management and control. Nearly every teacher has had moments when maintaining control over the class was difficult or impossible. Some teachers tell us that their class has actually gotten out of control. Here's help.
Just in time for the return to school, here are a few of our most popular and powerful apathy- busters, all designed to build interest and enthusiasm for school.
One of the most challenging parts of the job for a new teacher is dealing with student behavior problems. New teachers should arm themselves with the knowledge of classroom management and behavior strategies to help them deal with student discipline.
Just as children can read your body language you can learn to read theirs. Learning this will help you to predict if they have a change in their behavior or they have just changed enough to get you off their backs. Kids are very good at bluffing and faking their behavior. One of the best ways to tell if a student is faking is to read his body language.
Classroom management is managing the physical learning environment and managing student behavior. As a new teacher, this may worry you. You are not alone because classroom management is an ongoing concern for both new and veteran teachers. Know that you don't have to know everything about classroom management when you are first starting out.
Teaching qualifications alone don’t make you a successful teacher. You may have a lot of knowledge in your subject but if you are not in control of your classes, you will soon quit teaching. No certifications can train you to control your students, as each session is different from the other.
An obvious fact that we’re all aware of as teachers is that a student, when recognized for positive behavior, will feel less inclined to seek attention in inappropriate ways. Conversely, when a pupil’s efforts are ignored, the chances of them disrupting the lesson to gain some attention are greatly increased.