Sometimes students do not seem to understand that their instructor is a human being with feelings, ideas, and concerns beyond the program. Middle school students are so wrapped up in the lives of the friends and social media that teachers do not appear to exist unless confronted by one. Teachers are to be ignored or tolerated at best. In the mindset of adolescents, teachers do not deserve their respect and are human. How can teachers acquire more respect? Pick and choose some of the suggestions to show that you deserve the utmost respect. Drumroll please:
- On the first day of college stand by the door and shake the hand of each homeroom student. Greet students by their first name and a handshake as they zip in the room. Squeeze in a grin, too. How are you going to know student names? Throughout the summer look at their file folder pictures and memorize their names and faces. They will be shocked that you took the time and energy to learn who they were before they walked into the classroom. They might even consider you a Good Witch or Wizard with talents you will be revealed as the school year rolls along.
- Will it be a good year or a bad year? Will they make any new friends? Can they accomplish goals? It’s a chance.
- Class rules, of course, but with an additional twist. Create this one rule of your own which is gold: No mocking from the classroom. It just isn’t permitted, as in never. This also puts you to follow up immediately as it happens. Walk briskly over to the student and whisper something in their ear for example”Do you really need three days of detention?” .
- Encourage your pupils to laugh. Students love to laugh. It’s even more powerful than that. Immediate rapport is created by laughter in the classroom. Since pupils love teachers who make them 16, it transforms the classroom. Sometimes I would say to my course”Listen up, don’t go to La-La Land. This new concept is important. You probably will see it on your next test.” Then I would say something silly. The students who listened would laugh, and the students who were out to lunch would be wondering what was so funny.
- Let your passions show through in your lessons and hobbies. It’s a personal challenge to stay excited about what you teach if you have already been teaching for a long time. You want to take courses that are in-service and constantly update the curriculum. In a world filled with videos You-Tube, cell phones, and, pupils want to be entertained. You may say”That is not my job. I am a teacher.” However, the best teachers always have a trick or two up their sleeves to catch their students’ interests. They sprinkle excitement and surprises into their course with the wave of a wand or a pointer. Dynamic lessons are prepared by them, and they share their personal interests then and now.
- You clarify what is important to learn and what’s not. If you studying a new language it’s better to learn a word with its reverse like the words”black” and”white.” One might be reminded by the word of the ideal word you if you can not think of one. For instance, I would say,”To be able to remember the right spelling and use of static and stationery it is important to not forget that we use stationERy to write lettERs. Mention events and the teams you support.
- Always remember: Teachers do not die. They simply lose their class. In terms of cherished memories, teachers live on and on in retirement. They’ve saved numerous glowing end-of-the-school-year letters, although they roam the classroom. They have stored memories of pupils enjoying the magic of Shel Silverstein or Harry Potter and humorous poetry. They have come back on Open School Night to their former classroom to thank for being there a teacher to support them. Such teachers know without a doubt they made a difference in the lives of the students… Click the page to discover the very best memory Joe has of teaching in his thirty-three-year career.
Valerie, A fourth grades student of mine, lost her dad in a boating accident the year she was taught by me. I attended the funeral, and I wrote her a sympathy letter assuring her that her classmates and teachers would welcome her back from school with open arms; that life might never appear normal again, but it would get better; her father would most likely want her to continue to do well in college and have a career which she loved and makes a difference in the lives of others.