Research journals are filled with strategies to motivate students to increase student engagement and performance. It seems to me, an important prerequisite question isn't asked enough. That is, how do you motivate teachers to be more effective? If teachers aren't motivated to improve the performance of their students, the students are not likely to be motivated themselves. To motivate teachers it is important to understand more about motivation.
The challenge to deal with students well is one of the reasons why becoming a teacher is never boring If you're an elementary school teacher, you're dealing with children that prefer playing games to studying subjects. If you're teaching at high school, it's very hard to deal with children in puberty periods. Even, if you're a lecturer, you face more challenges too because college students often think that they're already an adult and feel they're right most of the time.
What Makes a Master Teacher? Current thinking among educators looks toward seven key characteristics. They are as follows:
While more and more teachers are experimenting with the latest classroom concept, the flipped classroom, science teacher Shelly Wright believes that real learning occurs when lectures are actually phased out completely - not just pushed from in-class to at-home - and when students take control of their own learning.
OK, so the title of this article might have confused you a little bit. After all, when you go off teaching English overseas, YOU'RE the teacher! What could you possibly LEARN?
Some teachers regularly lift students' test scores, while others leave their students with below-average results year after year. This can happen right next door from each other; same grade, same building. Results from dozens of studies point to the same most significant factor-a good teacher is the single greatest influence on a student's chance at success.
When attempting to determine the effectiveness of any training program or training course, it is customary to embark on an evaluation process. This evaluation process often starts during the event or program itself, where delegates or students themselves are forming opinions on the effectiveness of the training facilitator, instructor and the general surroundings. At the end of the training course, delegates are often asked to fill in an evaluation sheet, that we often term the 'happy sheet'. Are happy sheets effective?
Formal assessment often creates fear within the student such that it prevents them from performing at their best. Therefore, it is important for the teacher to give students practice assessment items to allow them to gain experience in doing assessment under exam conditions to ease that fear. This informal assessment helps both the teacher and student gauge how they are progressing and what they need do to prepare for the real thing.
In classes with a wide range of ability, there are strategies you can use to help prepare all your students to do well in formal assessment by using your informal assessment as preparation.
Below are ideas to consider as part of your informal assessment:
It is important to find out what understanding of each new topic your class has as a starting point for your teaching.
Use frequent, quick, short tests to consolidate the basics.
Practice any new assessment task before you use it formally.
Make sure the format of your informal assessment reflects the ...
Qualifications for TEFL jobs, teaching English in Thailand
Teaching English is a popular way to live and work in Thailand, and many are employed here, legally or otherwise, in TEFL jobs. In 2014 the criteria have become more strictly enforced and not everyone qualifies to come and simply teach.
Like most countries, the ministry of education in Thailand maintains specific minimum qualifications to license teachers, Thai or otherwise, before they can step into a classroom. Afterall, they are fussy about who they allow to teach the future generations.
Thais need to have completed a degree and a one-year teaching diploma to qualify for teaching licenses, however provision is made for temporary licences for those undergoing internships or to fulfill demand in certain situation.
For foreigners the temporary licence is a common solution to the demand for ESL teachers, so that anyone with a degree can become an English teacher. But there is a catch; this is a temporary licence that ...
In today's scenario, continuous training and development form the building blocks of successful teaching, irrespective of a teacher's experience. Therefore, professional development programs for teachers are gaining prevalence across the world. These programs are available in various forms, including teacher workshops, teacher training programs, teacher seminars and so on. However, the main objective is the same empowering teachers with new skills and knowledge in order to ensure optimum learning and development of students.
In India, most of the renowned professional development programs for teachers cover various aspects of teaching. Let's have a look at these aspects.
- Social and emotional skills: It is important to cover social and emotional aspects of teaching during a teacher's training program. Fostering teachers' emotional awareness holds the key to optimizing teacher effectiveness in the classroom. This awareness enables teachers to understand students' emotions in different ...