Ten Things Highly Effective Teachers Do (Part I)

We can all most likely remember a teacher we did not connect with, just as we can all probably remember our favorite teacher, and it can all come down to the ten things highly effective teachers do. The teacher definitely makes a difference in how we learn, for example: when a teacher is enthusiastic about the subject, it makes learning more exciting for the class. Teaching therefore is both a science and an art!

Here are the first five of ten ways highly effective teachers keep their class interested and engaged in learning:

  1. Being Positive – Even the most uninteresting and tedious tasks can be made easier and more enjoyable when approached from a positive point of view. It goes a long way when the teacher is excited about the subject matter.
  2. Encourage Discussion – No one likes the feeling of walking on egg shells, right? When students feel like they can ask anything or say anything to their teacher, then more teachable moments naturally happen. When students are comfortable, they are able to absorb and retain more.
  3. Never Hold A Grudge – Be willing to offer second chances. After a student has an outburst, a meltdown or a bad day, begin the next day with a clean slate. This allows for a fresh start and the opportunity for the students to learn from your example.
  4. Feedback is Key – Give frequent and timely feedback on assignments so students are able to learn how they can improve. Just as formative assessments are important for teachers to gauge where their students are at throughout the lesson, feedback is crucial for students understanding and comprehension of what they are supposed to be learning.
  5. Value & Encourage Parent/Guardian Involvement – Find a way you can connect with your student’s family as frequently as you can. Telephone, email, and always invite them to class to sit in, pop in, help out… A mid-class phone call home if needed can really make a great impression on the whole class! Find ways to connect.

Ten Things Highly Effective Teachers Do Part II

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