Teachers: Practice These 8 Habits Before You Go Online
Teachers can get it wrong more often than they can get it right – whether when talking about animals or sports or food.
When it comes to learning about all kinds of things, you can pretty much guarantee that there will be at least one incident (or many) where someone gets it wrong, and the teacher will not help out all that much.
Teachers can get it wrong more often than they can get it right – whether when talking about animals or sports or food. In fact, not helping out is probably the most common mistake that teachers make when it comes to helping out and helping out others. For some reason, we as human beings are sometimes so quick to feel rejected that we just roll over, say sorry, and hope that everything gets okay.
I’m not saying that it’s easy to handle, but hopefully you can tell yourself that it won’t hurt too much, and it’s also worth the effort. Sure, you might get cut short by some angry students, but you’ll get better.
Here are some tips that you can practice with your friends when you’re teaching, or those you’re trying to teach your kids, but haven’t quite mastered:
Know Your Students’ Names
It’s so important to know what your student’s name is, if only to give you time to correct yourself. For starters, you know you have better things to do than to worry about right now.
Anyway, the way this works is this: Let’s say that your student is getting ready to give a speech or an exam. You can come to her just before she does it, so she will know what she needs to say.
Go Tell Her
Let’s say she isn’t even able to tell you what she’s talking about. Let’s say she’s in the middle of a paper and you’re the teacher, so you can go and introduce yourself and give her a bit of advice – then come back to her after. (Maybe some notes – okay, any notes – is always nice, but you can ask a colleague for help too if you can’t think of what to say.)
It’s so easy to let the students’ names go unchallenged and do nothing while something like that happens.
It’s also so important to know what they’re doing, both good and bad, so you can give you students information or feedback. (This is why we ask them to write papers so that you know what they are writing about, both positively and negatively. And it’s so important that they remember your faces and names, too!)
So, keep it up! Everyone will eventually know their names!