Tips for Modeling Positive Teaching Styles
We’ve all spent a significant amount of time wanting to write, just like our first writing teacher, or really any teacher ever.
Kids were always asked to write during every subject. We were expected to read everything, and we were taught to write it down, from the beginning. But we didn’t ever come into the classroom and suddenly do it.
Maybe they have an inkling that they might write someday, but it would be years before they started to dream about what they’d do, how they’d travel, and who they’d meet. And yes, when they start writing, they’ll be dragging the rest of the class along, too.
Letting them teach is an amazing way to build confidence in them and help them to learn through relationships. Whether it’s because they know they’ll inspire others to write, because they’ll be giving someone a valuable memory, or because they’ll be sharing something that matters to them, the motivation behind teaching is still there.
The kind of personality kids gain from teaching other kids has to be witnessed to be believed. And there are some hints to making teaching a positive experience.
Many students are very focused on the task, and are in the present moment with their teammates. It’s easy to give them direction for this reason. But while they were meant to be guided, they’re also learning on the inside. And they need to let it all out.
Kids who enter the classroom as presenters are more likely to succeed, and they’re able to share their thoughts, ideas, and fears more easily. This is why leading the team writing by example is so important. Kids who are more invested and who connect well with their students will be able to inspire them to become their best, and ultimately those other kids will be more likely to respect their work, produce their best, and go out of their way to tell other children to enjoy their work.
The best way to follow their lead is to start by leading by example. You don’t have to leave the room, but you should keep the script on hand or you should have a copy of it with you. Every day, you can grab a chalk marker and put it by the table, maybe a piece of paper, maybe just give it to your child so they can practice.
And the more that they practice, the more confident they’ll become. This method, along with walking the talk, is sure to help kids get their next class assignment off the ground quickly. Plus, it’s a chance to teach your own personal story, too.
Teaching children to be the first to read and to read themselves, leaves them better able to teach and serve them in any opportunity. It’s just the way kids are wired.
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