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Post by on Monday, April 11, 2022

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To be a teacher is difficult and it becomes even more difficult to become a perfect teacher for all your students. We all are different, and so are the students, and each of them has his learning style. When your teaching art suits the learning style of your student, you will become his best teacher ever. This is like being on the same wave with someone. But it is obvious, that all your students will never have the same opinion about your teaching methods. Misunderstandings are impossible to avoid. But you always can become a nice teacher to all of your students by giving an ear to them carefully.

 

I have been in the teaching profession for more than two decades. After accumulating empirical observations by having an interaction with a huge number of students from elementary to senior secondary level, let me discuss in the present write up, how the serious students would like to see their teachers in and outside the classrooms. They have their ideas and, of course, advice too to their teachers, which will help teachers understand their problems and principles better. We always teach them but we can sometimes let them teach us a bit as well and why shouldn't we? So, if a teacher wants to become the best teacher for his students, he would better not ignore what the students say to him. What they say, to my understanding and experiences, is being summarised in the below points, which can positively change the mood of the teachers who ponder over, if they want to remain in the unforgettable sweet memories of their students:

 

1) A good teacher is an assertive teacher. Your students can have problems, bad days, stress, or even depression as well. If you see that some of your students start to study worse, have no desire to do all the school work you give them, and just want to give up everything, do not be in a hurry to argue and tell them about how bad or lazy they become. Take time to deliver your final decision. Let your students help you to be a good and patient teacher.

 

2) Support your student, ask about what happens to him, and push him to do better. If you see that your student is depressed, maybe it would be better to meet with him after classes and find out what exactly is going on. Be their friend, but don't go too far. Students just don't like when their teacher starts behaving like a student himself. Stay professional, help students with schoolwork, listen to them, talk about their lives, but remember who you are. Even if you are a young enthusiastic, and you have a little age gap with your students, there is no need to use slang words. Your students will find it rude and unprofessional, maybe after some years, if not now. This, possibly, could not be the best method to get a good reputation and this will also surely mar the appropriate amount of seriousness essentially desired to be maintained.

 

3) Make your lesson relevant to their lives. If you want your students to remember your lessons, just try to connect the information you provide with some moments in your student's life. You can use some of them as an example, describing this or that situation. It would be more interesting for them to visit such lessons, but not those where you try to explain to them the mechanism of monsoon for our geography.

 

4) Your time should be used wisely. Remember who you are and where you are. Students don't like when their teacher begins to tell them about his life, how better it was when he was younger, how better and more patient all students were then, etc. etc. Your student visits your lesson to learn something on the subject, so, don't give him a reason to miss this class next time. Remember, time is important for your students as well. So, they would not be happy to waste it on lessons that don't give them anything except personal stories from their teacher's life.

 

5) Your explanations must be scientific. Even if you consider yourself a cool teacher who explains everything in a way that even the stupidest person would understand, don't be lazy to explain it to your students several times, and what is even more important – try to do that patiently in different manners. Sometimes, they don't get it, but it is not because they are weak: maybe some of them just think different.

 

6) Students believe that the best teacher can teach in a big variety of ways: use books, maps, chats, presentations, speeches, group discussions, electronic gadgets and everything that can be interesting for your students to accept in the given atmosphere.

 

7) You are required to be very firm. It doesn't mean you should be a dictator. But perfect students do not like teachers who are too soft and mild. Too nice is not always nice, especially when it comes to teaching. Be consistent.

 

8) A good teacher always has objectives. When you start a lesson, make your students understand clearly what they will learn today. You should have clear objectives, as such a lessonplan will help students concentrate and know what they are supposed to do during this class.

 

9) Believe in them. Don't ignore your student, if you see he is not interested in your subject, or he doesn't understand anything. Just try to believe in everyone, and don't leave any of your students behind. Ask each of them to explain what exactly they don't like or understand, explain this once again, and make sure they have got it this time. It is very important for a student to feel the support of his teacher and know that he will always help when it is needed.

 

Dear teachers, this is not me dictating you. This is, rather, what our students want us to be with them. Let's pledge to affirm and uphold the ethics of our noble profession and deliver to the best expectations of our students and society. Let’s evolve ourselves and stand as a powerful source of inspiration for the students dreaming to make their influence in the contemporary challenging society. The best teachers are supposedly identified by their students not by the areas of operation they are putting in their potential to make their presence in whatever form in society but not as a professional teacher. Thank you, my students, for teaching me like good teachers.

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