7 Habits of an Excellent Teacher


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Teachers the epitome of knowledge and wisdom. They keep passing on their experience and learning philosophies to students. Ultimately for decades they prepare our future generations to become a leader, champion, athlete, engineer, doctor, actor or politician. Wherever we go in life, we imbibe the traits, behavioral tactics and vision from our teachers. So, its very important for them as well to set an excellent example in front of their pupils.

Here we’re discussing some great practices to follow, there is plenty here to work on as you reach your teaching career stride.

“The one exclusive sign of knowledge is thorough teaching.”

~Aristotle

Encourage Student/Professor Contact

“The research shows that students love it when we share what we’re passionate about,” said the animated Mr. Reder, whose enthusiasm for teaching is infectious. “Students often say they want to be a name and known to the faculty. But what’s interesting is how much they also want to know about you. They want to hear about what you do and why you do it.”

Basically, it’s all about having a bond between you and your students for better classroom environment, more engaging learning process and improvised results.

Encourage Student Teamwork

Every class has that one disruptive student who speaks out and sometimes makes classmates feel foolish or uncomfortable and less willing to work on group projects. Encouragement for such students to connect more is any heartwarming teachers job. Deep learning takes place when it connects to emotionally to an individual. Students are often more willing to open and explore concepts within a small group discussion rather than the entire class. Carving out time for this, even in a large lecture class, is important. Structuring a debate is one effective way to encourage teamwork.

Encourage Active Learning

If your lesson is not going as well as planned, change something. It is better to improvise and adjust to the group rather than see your lesson fail completely.

What if you do have the procedure displayed on the board and your plan is going sideways? No problem. Draw learners’ attention to the first and last objective of your lesson and ask them to tell you how they reached the last objective. This has the benefit of being more memorable for learners.

Provide Prompt Feedback

If students are to benefit from feedback, it must not only be timely and frequent, but also useful for improving performance by addressing three areas: what students did well, what students need to improve on, and how to make this improvement.

Emphasize Time on Task

Time management is not something which taught at the school/college level, which is the number one reason students procrastinate. They don’t know how to budget their time and work smarter instead of harder. Helping students understand how to effectively manage their time starts with managing expectations for how long a task will take. For the brainstorming process, you should encourage students to spend about an hour searching the Internet for anything they can find on their topic. No matter what, learning takes time. Students cannot expect to understand material by just sitting in a class and listening to an hour lecture. Many of them need explicitly told this and shown how to manage their time with each assignment.

Communicate High Expectations

In any endeavor, if you do not understand what others expect from you then you will have a much greater likelihood of failure. However, many teachers fail to let students know exactly what they expect of them. One key to success in getting students to succeed is being completely transparent with them about your expectations. However, it is not enough to simply state them at the beginning of the school year. Let them explore and follow them on their journey, parallelly guide them about what higher goals they can achieve in their related interests.

Respect Diverse Talents and Learning Styles

Many roads lead to learning. Different students bring different talents and styles to college. Brilliant students in a seminar might be all thumbs in a lab or studio; students rich in hands-on experience may not do so well with theory. Students need opportunities to show their talents and learn in ways that work for them. Then they can be pushed to learn in new ways that do not come so easily.

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