Education doesn’t have to be boring
For most students, going to class is the worst part of their day, and some of the time the teaching methods contribute heavily. It’s your duty as a teacher to make sure your students are learning, and it’s most effective when you have their attention. So how do you capture their attention? Well, the main factor that’s going to help you is respect; at a certain age, student’s don’t really respect the teachers unless they like them. You’re not supposed to bend the will of all students, and you don’t need to for them to like you, but there are things you should pay attention to when you teach, just to make sure your students are getting the most from your lessons.
Work on yourself
No students are the same, so it’s much easier to make changes to yourself first. You don’t have to change your life completely, if at all, but your attitude and mood while teaching can make all the difference. For the best results, you should really enjoy yourself teaching, and be enthusiastic. No one wants to listen to someone droning on about something they know nothing about, and why would they want to? Unless it’s clear that you enjoy the subject, then you can’t really expect them to want to enjoy it either. Your enthusiasm can affect your personal image too, as students will less likely be scared to approach you and ask questions, as they may be with stricter and less patient teachers.
Break the routine
It’s not uncommon to organise trips to get a more hands-on approach to teaching, and most students will take any opportunity to get out of having to go to class. A trip can add the freedom and excitement you need in order to get their attention while letting them enjoy the experience at the same time. Now, you can’t just take your students anywhere, and your subject might limit you to a set amount of destinations, so make sure you do your research and plan for the right timing. If you need an example, take a look at these geography trips for schools, and you can get a general idea of what to expect, and what limitations you might have. Don’t go unprepared, students tend to be more lively when outside of the school, so you should bring multiple employees to help keep things under control.
Engage with your students
While it’s one thing to show that you’re enthusiastic and friendly, it’s important to keep up with the student’s thoughts too. It may not always be clear when students are struggling or paying attention, so giving them a nudge every now and then can be effective for their learning. Showing your students that they can talk to you if they need to, and you don’t dislike them or teaching can really help lessons go smoothly.
There’s a common belief that all students should look up to and respect teachers and elders, however, that’s not always how it works. Whether it’s right or wrong, trying to maintain a mutual respect is much more important. The more you try to enforce your own superiority, the more likely you are to discourage students from listening and wanting to come to your class.