A few tips…
- Remember that you are a role model and that your actions speak louder than your words.
- Be an excellent classroom manager.
- Treat all students with dignity and know how to diffuse almost any situation.
- Teach enthusiastically even when you don’t feel like it.
- Relate all lessons to real life.
What does an effective teacher’s classroom look like?
-There is little or no down-time.
-Procedures and routines are evident and consistent.
-The teacher’s rapport with students is evident.
-The classroom is well organized.
-The teacher is well prepared for each lesson.
-The lessons relate to real life and are student-oriented.
-Transitions are smooth.
-Teacher moves around the classroom frequently.
-Incorrect responses from students are dignified by the teacher.
-Teacher models skills for students.
-The students are actively involved in all lessons.
-The atmosphere is comfortable and pleasant with lots of smiles and encouragement.
As a bonus… here are a few tricks for avoiding discipline problems:
- Greeting students daily with enthusiasm.
- Maintaining a calm, composed, professional demeanor at all times regardless of a student’s demeanor.
- Avoiding negatives whenever possible.
- Keeping students busy from bell to bell.
“We have to believe that all children are both reachable and teachable and that we, as teachers, truly can make a difference in their lives”.
Resource: Annette L. Breaux - For information on Annette’s books, go to www.eyeoneducation.com