Teaching should not be approached as though it were a popularity contest, but there’s always something to gain in getting your kids to like you and knowing them on a personal level. Building relationships with students should be aimed at gaining their support, increasing engagement, and cutting down on disruptions in your classroom.
Since co-teaching brings two or more teachers together in a collaborative effort, it counts down on the number of students each teacher has to cater for. Co-taught lessons can reduce the teacher-student ratio and generally improve learning outcomes and knowledge impartation on the part of the students and teachers respectively. The lesser the number of students a teacher has to handle, the greater the impact of the lessons and vice-versa.
- 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.