- Teachers dictate the pace and path of learning for the students, providing different learning materials that suit different learning styles. With the tutor, the students are often the ones leading the way, requesting specific tasks or assignments. Tutors, more or less, help students find their way when in areas identified by the students as their weakest spots.
Nothing stops teachers from playing on their own experiences in the classroom. In fact, that is one medium through which they will find the little difference there is between urban students and themselves. Notwithstanding the educator’s background, a situation from their life needs to be found, one that speaks to both the students and the class content.
Transformational teaching is based on the idea that a teacher’s purpose is far more than just delivering information to students. By moving from a mechanical to an organic model of teaching, educators can create lessons designed specifically for the students they’re teaching. This new school personalization leads to increased engagement and, of course, motivation.
In a recent article by MindShift, a teacher in Finland talks about his experience incorporating brain breaks into the classroom and how it helped him reconnect and better engage his students. But, while he originally felt that he’d made a groundbreaking discovery, he suddenly realized that Finnish people knew long before him that giving children frequent breaks throughout the day kept them fresh.
As a teacher, you need to learn how to read your audience. Just because you have created plans for your individual lessons doesn’t mean you can’t veer away from them if you think they’re not working. You may also find that your lesson goes off on a relevant tangent because your students are highly engaged with the topic.
The majority of adults have learned coping mechanisms for their emotions. These come in the form of taking a deep breath or going for a walk. Children, on the other hand, don’t have this form of emotional regulation. Couple this with the fact that, as teachers, we don’t know what challenges they face at home means that they’re more likely to lash out or react in a disruptive way.
Teaching students how to manage their emotions can help improve student-teacher relationships. Teachers involved in the social-emotional learning process are more likely to act with empathy. In return, students will engage with them better during their own learning process. This mutual respect can lead to a more orderly classroom with fewer disruptions. As a result, teachers experience lower stress levels during their time at work, thus allowing them to better educate and support their children.
Behavior management is essential if you want to maintain a level of order in your classroom. By managing behavior, you give your students the environment they need to learn, and in turn, succeed. But, what if none of the best practices you’ve learned actually work? What if the same student, or group of students, continues to disrupt your classroom?