The power of a teacher is the power to direct the flow of future generations. To touch a mind and encourage it to grow, revealing the possibilities that lay ahead, it is a great responsibility. The thrill of imparting wisdom to others is a magical feeling that can make anyone feel a sense of pride in their hard work. However, when starting out on the path of teaching, it’s true that there can be some stumbling along the way. Below we will cover a few tips for the aspiring or new teacher.
1. The number one thing to begin with is to remember your favorite teacher, or to envision what the perfect teacher looks like, sounds like, and acts like. It is through your focused concentration on this that you can begin to bridge any gaps that may exist between you as you currently are, and you in the role of this perfect teacher. Knowing yourself, and knowing the goal of where you want to be, this knowledge will continue to make you better and better each day.
2. Practice makes perfect. If you don’t practice the techniques of teaching, even if it is with imaginary students, you will grow rusty in your skills. Each student may learn a different way, and by catching onto the clues they are giving off, you will be able to flow with their own learning style more readily.
3. Teach with heart. Make your lessons match with what needs to be taught, but also do your best to keep them interesting and applicable to real life. If a lesson doesn’t relate to real life or previous learning, it is more easily discarded by the student.
4. Have fun and smile. If you’re not having fun, it is very likely that the student is not having fun. When you engage emotions, even for just a few seconds of laughter, you give the brain extra energy to use in creating neural connections.
5. Keep it interactive. After about 20 minutes of lecturing, our brains seem to have a natural way of just shutting off. If you are able to create an interactive atmosphere, it may spark some energy and creativity in the crowd, keeping the students awake and engaged.
6. First day jitters are to be expected. When you arrive and everything is so new, it is okay to have the first day jitters. Know that they will pass, and try to use that extra energy to bring the class energy up a level.
7. Engage other instructors, and learn from experience. There are bound to be other teachers around with similar interests, engage them in conversation and feel them out as a possible mentor on your journey.
8. Know the reason for the student’s attendance. Are they hoping to graduate from a program, or are they attending to learn specific bits of information. Once you have a handle on why the student is attending you have a great connection to their purpose and drive for success.
9. Be open to criticism. Watch how others speak and act towards you, let this be a lesson on how they percieve you, and make any changes you deem necessary.
10. Some days you may feel overwhelmed, it is on these days that you must do the job to the best of your ability. Once the job is done, spend time alone and pamper yourself with a good meal or a great exervise program.
11. Attend classes for the fun of it. Keep learning about the techniques of teaching. By attending classes and seminars, you will see different teaching styles and how they work on a variety of students, this can be a very rewarding experience for new teachers.
12. Last, but not least is to remember why you have become a teacher. Is it the sharing of information that drives you, or seeing the young minds light up as a new idea makes its way inside? Knowing your motivation to become a great teacher will give you the strength to endure the challenging aspects of teaching, so that you can enjoy the magical times as well.