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Become The Teacher Your Students Need With These 8 Tips

You’ve most likely gone into teaching because you want to make a difference to your students’ lives. No matter how old they are, you really can become a teacher that they trust and respect. If you want to inspire them, here’s 8 simple tips you need to take to heart.

Show Your Passion For Your Subject
There’s a reason why you teach the subject you teach. Show your students just why you care so much about it. Draw them into the subject, and show them how it’s relevant to them. The more enthusiasm you have, the more it’s going to rub off on your students.

Show Respect
You want to be respected, of course. It’s much easier to do your job if your students are willing to listen to you. To get that respect though, you need to show it yourself. Understand that no one in your classroom is more important than anyone else. Take the time to listen to your students and talk to them too. Students will be much more likely to pay attention to you and what you have to say.

Get Help When You Need It
There’s no denying that teachers these days are under an extreme amount of stress. When you’re under pressure, it’s hard to keep up with everything you have to do. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. This could be from your fellow teachers, or from online services that are designed to help you. Try some of the following if you’re stuck:

Grammarix and Via Writing: Offer grammar help when you need it.

Cite It In: Helps you and your students cite sources correctly.
Academ Advisor: This site offers writing advice if you want help.
State Of Writing: This site is packed full of useful writing guides.

Listen To Your Students
It is so important that you listen to your students. If you take the time to sit and really listen to them, it could mean the world to them. It’s another way of showing that you respect them and their needs as a learner.

Encourage Students To Share With Each Other
A good way to help your students learn is to help them interact and work with each other. You can do this whole class, small group and in pairs. Conversations in the Classroom are very important to student learning. The internet is also making it easier than ever to do this, with groups online dedicated to sharing. Using applications such as Google Classroom, you can encourage your class to discuss and comment on work and assignments.

Praise Students When Appropriate
Nothing feels better than being recognised for good work you’ve done. This is true for your students, too. If they succeed in something in your class, take the time to praise them sincerely for it. It can mean a lot to them.

Be Empathetic
As a teacher, you need to be able to empathise with your students. “Get into their shoes and walk around a bit,” says educator Jennifer Harrison from Best British Essays. “You really need to try and understand your students if you want them to succeed.”

Expect The Best From Your Students
Finally, show your students that you expect their best from them every day. This doesn’t always mean that they have to be perfect, but they do have to try their hardest. Reward them if they do so, to show that you recognise their hard work.

Use these tips to become an inspiring teacher, and really get the most out of your students.

Source: https://theinspiredclassroom.com/

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