Welcome back to part 2 of this teaching tips series!
In part 1, you found out that anyone can teach!
Now let’s start to unpick the very foundations of what actually makes a good teacher, bit by bit?
I asked my colleagues for their top teaching tips. Several of their comments related to the fact that “caring” for the students was important.
It doesn’t matter if you are teaching at school, FE or HE level, making a professional connection with your students is potentially the most important thing you can do as a teacher.
Denyse King: “Be kind and honest and treat students like adults.”
Liz Falconer: “When I remember my best teachers they cared, made time for me, cared, made me laugh, cared and instilled curiosity in me. Oh, and cared!”
(Liz and Denyse)
Tips of the day…
1) Get to know your students and the lives they live. (How do you make time for this? How can you find out about your students?)
2) Actively listen to students.
3) Ask students for feedback. (The CEL team have lots of ideas for this e.g. using Menti, Padlet, Brightspace, invite students in for a discussion etc).
4) Reflect on your own experience with care.
Thought of the day…
The teacher who truly cares is the teacher who fearlessly stares any student dead in their eyes while telling them:
“You are better…
You can do better… and you will do better.
I will believe in you for you.
Now let’s achieve your better together!” (Ty Howard)
Image of the day…
At this point in your teaching, how do you feel about your students??
How do you feel about yourself as a teacher?
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