Class 3

Art of TeachingArt of Teaching starts with respecting each students as an individual. Do not embarrass them in front of their peers, but ask to see them after class instead, and provide a pass if needed, if there is a problem. Praise them all often, even if all you can find is the color of someone’s shoes or a new color of hair.  “Interesting” is a great response. The positive attention is what counts.

Be a good listener.

Don’t let students take advantage of your good heart or willingness to work with them: they are very savvy, very early.

Be consistent. If one student breaks the rules, if there is a consequence promised, it must be the same for all. Be flexible in extenuating circumstances, privately…perhaps with a guidance counselor if there is a serious problem.

Do not meet with students alone in a room. Stand at the door way or with seats in front of an open door.

Art of Teaching also includes Knowing your material. If you don’t know the answer, promise to get back to them with it…and do so.

Try to mix your lessons up. If you do group work, give the kids ownership: we can do this only if you get the work done and follow the rules. It is becoming even more acceptable.

Don’t gossip about other teachers or students with classes or students.

Let them know you truly care about each one, even those who make you insane. I find it easier to tell a student, “I love you dearly, but not the way you are acting right now.” Or, “I really need your help to reach the goal of today’s lesson”—(or “what we need to cover in class”).

Don’t touch kids. Women may be able to “get away” with a hug, but you need to be careful.

Don’t judge kids by what you see or what other teachers tell you. Pack info away and let the student prove himself or herself to you, one way or the other. (I document everything and save everything.) Even if you cannot file all the time, have a “holding tank” where papers go: but don’t put IEPs, progress reports or other timely things there where they will get lost. Even save notes from administrators or copies of disciplinary cards or letters you send home/to the office.

Art of Teaching will Let your passion show; laugh with your kids; admit to mistakes; and, praise them whenever you can. Your voice may be the only one that lifts them up all day.

Be patient with yourself, and honest. Know what you’ve done well and pat yourself on the back. Fix what needs fixing. Don’t do it alone. Invite parents for input and help with a problem or struggling kid. Go to a trusted colleague, mentor or the guidance counselor. Good teachers are really hard to find, like every other profession…you don’t want to burn out. (You’d be amazed how many colleagues may not want to share ideas or materials with you, BUT you might be pleasantly surprised about those you would be happy to help.)

Take pride in what you do. And remember your actions impact the lives of students, other professionals, etc. (No pressure here!)

Art of Teaching also includes Love what you do, and give yourself a break from time-to-time.

Oh, and don’t believe everything kids tell you about others: they probably make up stuff about you, too. (Oh, he said we didn’t have to do that work…remind your kids, if you don’t hear it from me, don’t believe it.)

Avoid lecture when possible. Allow students to help each other. Put students in groups where you know they will function with the least amount of disruption to each other. Try to create discussions about what you’re learning to engage the kids personally. And if you can break your lesson into two parts for, say, a 50-minute period, the change will help them, which will help you.

Now lets look at video tutorial for class 3 , click on the subject to attend lecture.

English Literature
English Grammar
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