Sometimes students do not appear to understand that their teacher is a human being with feelings, thoughts, and concerns beyond the program. Middle school students are so wrapped up in the lives of the friends and social media that teachers do not seem to exist unless faced by one. Teachers are to be ignored or tolerated at best. At the mindset of teens, teachers are human and don’t deserve their respect. How can teachers gain more esteem? Pick and choose some of these suggestions to show that you deserve the utmost respect. Drumroll please:
- On the first day of college stand by the door and shake every homeroom student’s hands. Greet students by their first name and a handshake as they zip into the room. Squeeze in a grin. How are you going to know student names? Look at their file folder images and memorize their faces and names. They will be shocked that you took energy and time to learn who they were before they walked into the classroom. They may consider you a Good Witch or Wizard that you will be shown as the school year rolls along.
- Let your students know that you support them. Will it be a year or a good year? Will they make some new friends? Will they accomplish goals? It’s a opportunity to relax, laugh a little, and get rid of student angst.
- Class rules, of course, but with an added twist. Create this 1 principle of your own that is gold: No mocking in the classroom. It just is not permitted, as in never. As it occurs, this puts you on notice to follow up. Walk briskly over to the pupil and whisper something in their ear for example”Do you really need three days of detention?” Or something else they truly don’t want to do.
- Encourage your pupils to laugh. Students like to laugh. Laughter has been described as an “instant vacation.” It’s even more powerful than that. Immediate rapport is created by laughter in the classroom. Since students love it transforms the classroom. Sometimes I would say to my class”Listen up, do not go to La-La Land. This concept is very important. You probably will see it on your next test.” I would say something silly. The students who were listening would laugh, and the students who had been out to lunch would be wondering what was so amusing.
- Let your passions show through on your hobbies and lessons. It is a personal challenge to stay excited about what you teach if you have already been teaching for a long time. You need to take classes and constantly update the program. In a world filled with videos, You-Tube, mobile phones, and, students want to be entertained. You may say”That’s not my job. However, the teachers have a trick or two up their sleeves to catch their students’ interests. They sprinkle surprises and excitement into their course with the wave of a pointer or a wand. Lively lessons are prepared by them, and they share their interests then and now.
- You clarify what’s not and what is important to learn. For years brain researchers have known that we learn best if we associate new information with old information. If you studying a new language it is far better to learn a word with its opposite such as the words”black” and”white.” If you can not think of one, the other word might remind you of the right word you. For instance, I would say,”In order to remember the correct spelling and usage of stationary and stationery it’s important to not forget that we use stationERy to write lettERs. Mention the events and teams you support.
- Always remember: Teachers don’t die. They just lose their class. In conditions of cherished memories, teachers reside on and on in retirement. They have saved numerous letters, although they roam the classroom. They have stored memories of pupils enjoying the literary magic of Shel Silverstein or Harry Potter and poetry. They’ve come back to their classroom to thank a teacher for being there to support them. Such educators know without a doubt that they made a difference in the lives of the students… Click on the page to discover the very best memory Joe has of teaching in his thirty-three-year career.
A fourth grades pupil of mine, Valerie, lost her dad in a boating accident she was taught by me. I attended the funeral, and I wrote her a sympathy letter assuring her that her classmates and teachers would welcome her back from college with open arms; that life may never seem normal again, but it would get better; her father would most likely want her to continue to do well in school and have a career that she enjoyed and makes a difference in the lives of others.