by Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
Teaching is sharing knowledge and something good about life. Teaching is giving inspiration to students and how they could be the best and good of what they are. Teaching is the teacher as a good example of truth and righteousness.
Even the best teachers make mistakes. So many of our classroom management strategies are used without thinking. We don't always reflect on where they originated. And what is worse, we don't monitor their effectiveness. It is important for us to be reflective teachers so that we don't perpetuate a damaging strategy. Here are five more mistakes we often make with our low achieving students.
Conferences are upon us and you might be a little nervous. Well, relax. Teachers are not planning surprises or keeping hidden agendas. Instead, they have been watching, recording, considering, discussing, and reflecting on your child's actions and work since September and now they have the pleasure to share all that information with you! Parent conferences are a formal time for parents and teachers to look at a child and explain the developmental strides he has made.
In many ways, business seminars have led the way in utilizing educational methods that maximize the opportunity for active involvement on the part of the learner. Workshops and seminars have used group discussion techniques as far back as the 1960's, when the field of group dynamics and teamwork was first starting to have an impact of training and development efforts in western industrialized countries.
As an educator or a member of the education field, continuous learning is important in order to avoid career stagnation. You need to have a solid career development goal in order to ensure that your career will go beyond the typical static experience in this particular work environment. That is why you always have to take advantage of opportunities that will allow you to proceed forward and maximize both your learning and career options. Taking additional courses, trainings, and professional development sessions are often the most practical options to prevent becoming stagnant in the field of education because these are the key steps toward achieving horizontal and or vertical movement in your career.
In your role as a teacher, you are focused not only on delivering important information to your students, but also on demonstrating why that information is meaningful and how they will use it. Mastery and comprehension are, of course, critical to learning, since lessons build upon one another. How do you help your students understand and retain their lessons?
A teacher plays a very important role in society. It is these individuals who nourish the minds of our children, molding them into responsible knowledgeable adults. Thus, the teaching profession is often referred to as a “calling”. As a teacher with a passion for teaching, your desire might be to impact knowledge to your students in the best way you know how, and a private school might provide you with a very suitable avenue to do so.
When managing your classroom, one of the most important tools at your disposal is your voice. The way in which you communicate to your students verbally has a lot to do with how your students will respond to you. And it goes far beyond the message that you are actually communicating. The way you use your voice – the tone, pace and volume – has a lot to do with how your message will be received and interpreted.
Question and answer sessions are an important part of lessons and are integral to test students’ comprehension of material, as well as to let you as the teacher know where your students are in terms of their understanding of lesson concepts. Sometimes, however, these sessions can go flat. Students can tune out, opt out, play dumb, etc, as a way to get out of participating. So how can you improve your question and answer sessions to get more out of your students and display your control?
During a teacher interview, you will more than likely be asked the question: How do you motivate your students? Of course, we know that motivating students and piquing their interest in learning is a key factor in their success in the classroom, so what methods have proven successful in capturing their attention and driving successful mastery of the material?