How to be a Great Teacher
A teacher should serve as a role model for their students. Guide them and when the time is right, let them go as they need to face the world on their own. Being a teacher is like being a parent; you mold students from the start and push them a little bit further when they start to grow. Once they are old enough, give your best wishes and say goodbye. One day, when you two will meet again, you will be surprised by the flashbacks and memories you have undergone with each student and how you have affected his or her life.
Be a companion — Be a friend, but always know where you stand and where your limits are. You are a role-model; know when to switch. By this, we mean a teacher should know when is the proper time to be strict. Be their friend, but don’t go too far. Help students with schoolwork, listen to them, talk about their lives, but remember you are their teacher.
Don’t limit yourself to the chalkboard, make your lesson relevant to their lives — If the teacher is not only limited to the blackboard and actually tries to apply what or she is teaching to the students through an activity students can relate to, students might come to understand a certain topic better than before. If you want your students to remember your lessons, try to connect the information you provide with some moments of your students’ life.
Use as many different materials for your lessons as possible — Use books, videos, music, presentations, speeches, and everything that can be interesting for your students. Be patient, and explain your material over and over again, making sure all students understand what you’re talking about. It would be difficult for them to learn further if they don’t get the basics.
Be prepared to teach — Organizing time and preparing materials in advance are important in effective teaching. Know your content. Do the reading, take notes on the material, review lecture notes, prepare an outline to cover, make a list of questions to use, make a handout to discuss, design homework assignment or questions, compile bibliographies or other outside information related to the material, collect visual materials, prepare supplemental reading.
Manages the classroom effectively — Managing your classroom includes all the strategies a teacher uses to organize and arrange students, learning materials, space, and use of classroom time to maximize the efficiency of teaching and learning. Establishment fair, reasonable, enforceable, and consistently applied rules. To encourage a positive and orderly learning environment, establish a routine and system for daily tasks and requirements. Use classroom routines as a means of enforcing high standards for classroom behavior.
Believe in them — Students who do not believe in themselves tend to have more behavioral and academic problems. A good teacher instills confidence. Teachers who believe in their students and constantly push them to their limits and appreciate what they are doing are the best ones. It is very important for a student to feel the support of his teacher and know, that he will always help when it is needed. try to believe in everyone, and don’t leave any of your students behind.
Don’t stop learning — As a teacher, never close your doors to knowledge. Study more about your subject even if you are already a master of it. Don’t limit yourself; adding additional knowledge to your lectures can amaze students and makes them think that you are so smart, and slowly they can be influenced by you. Be a role model and show them you can still work and study at the same time.