Words of Advice for a New Teacher – 8 Characteristic Skills
If you are a new teacher who is going to start his/her unique and noble journey ahead, this article is designed for you. Teaching is a respectable career, and whether people agree or not, it is one of the toughest jobs to perform. As a teacher, you are responsible for implementing changes. You are the one who will brighten up the minds of your students. Enriching young minds is a responsibility that can quickly make or break a society if delivered in the wrong way. So we bring to you the 8 Characteristic Skills and some Words of Advice for a New Teacher. You can also implement these to improve your status as a teacher as it is never too late to start over!
Some Characteristic Words of Advice for a New Teacher
It’s A Complex Task:
The first thing that you need to understand as a teacher is that your job is a complex task. Even if you are a primary teacher, you will be managing roughly 25 students a day. If you are a secondary level teacher, the number (in some countries and classrooms) might go up to 100 each day.
Now, apart from teaching your students the required curriculum, you will also have to check their work and essays, do the scheduling and maintaining, and you will continually be assigning them different tasks. Apart from all these, a teacher is also expected to be able to teach the students things like discipline, manner, behavior and what not. If you think about all these responsibilities, it is obvious that teaching is one of the hardest jobs out there for a human being. Unfortunately, society does not see education in this light. And the first advice that we have for you? Do not to care about that at all!
You must understand that society usually perceives a teacher as a respectable person. So, you will never have to deal with a lack of public esteem.Teachers tend to receive their fair share of it. But society, as a whole, will also see your job as something that is easy to do. With trends towards online education, and even online public schools, the perceived difficulty of your job in the public’s eye is continually being debased. The best advice is to simply take the positives and ignore the negatives. That will help you to keep your sanity.
Be the Support:
As a teacher, expect to have a smile on your face all the time. Do not be that person in your school who receives hate from everyone. Try to be the instructor who is genuinely love by the students. Do not be generic with them. Always try to go one extra mile to make sure that you are listening to your students’ concerns. I remember when I had my emotional troubles. We were from a broken family, and it was tough for me to even write my parent’s names. One teacher made things easier for me just by talking to me. She didn’t have to do anything actively. She just asked me what was wrong and wanted to listen to my situation. That was it.
Try to go an extra mile to listen to the concerns of your students. Remember, when you are a teacher, you are not only helping them with their academic life, but you are helping them with possibly everything around them. Whatever their problem is whether it is related to education or not, you should be there to assist them. Even if you cannot do anything physically, try to be a mental support. This is how a teacher helps a student. Your students will remember you forever, and that is one of the finest feelings that you will ever receive.
Never Expect Monetary Rewards:
Another great piece of advice is that you should never look for a tangible monetary reward in return. You are getting your salary and other benefits from your employer. That’s pretty much all you will receive from the teaching profession. Do not ask for more as teachers are not there to make money. As you are a teacher, you are skilled at your subject, discipline, and age-group. If money is something that motivates you, you should find a career where you will receive those kinds of benefits. Teaching is not the place where you will be super happy if that is where your intentions lie. On the other hand, if you have a giving nature or if you can generate one for yourself, the whole dimension will be completely different. You will then be able to enjoy your life to the fullest with the blessings of your students.
Another important orientation to the world you should always try to maintain is one of continuous learning. As a teacher (no matter what subject you are teaching), you should always be up to date about the recent findings and research about your topic. Many teachers who are on elementary or a basic level think that this doesn’t matter because their students are not very advance. This is not true. Your students know a lot more than most people give them credit, and it will get caught if you are not catching up with everything happening around.
Always try to keep things very organized. If you are not keeping things organized, you are not going to be able to take the load later on. It might seem easy at the beginning because you will not have a lot to do in the initial phase but once you get going, you bombard with a ton of tasks, paper works which will be impossible to handle if you are unorganized. Therefore, the best idea is to prepare from the get-go.
Always try to save all the papers that you have for your students. You might think that it is dead now, and the paper are no use anymore but do not throw away anything till you are double sure about the requirement of it. Paper is something that is very weird regarding the requirements. You will never know what requires on a sudden period. Let’s not take that chance.
Types of Teachers: Which one do you want to be?
There are two different kinds of teachers out there. There is one type who are boring. They do not try to make their classes interesting, they do not try to make interactions with their students, and they do not bother about what the students think of themselves and their classes. Again there is another kind of teacher who always tries to bring the best from the students. He or she attempts to make every class attractive to the students. They makes sure that that students are interacting with the teacher. He or she also makes sure that the classes are being very exciting and fun to do.
Be the Fun Teacher:
If you look around you will see that not every class gets the same amount of attendance in a semester. There is obviously a reason behind that. Why do students love one class but they are hesitant to go to another one? The reason is simply that they do not have fun in all the classes.
As a teacher, your task is to make sure that you are students enjoy spending time in class with you. Yes, you must teach them their lessons, and you will also have to be hard on them at times, but at the heart of it, you are their friend, and you have to always keep that in mind.Your students will only think of you as their friend when you do that yourself at the beginning. Do something on the first day of class so that they become comfortable with you. You will definitely have a brilliant time as a teacher. We wish you all the best in this journey.
Author Bio: Jyoti Bhatia is a freelance content writer, who is passionate about education, parenting , healthy living, teaching and family. She is a devoted mother and wants to give her son the best of both the worlds.