- Know your students – really know; find out what makes them tick, walk in their shoes, remember that they are just smaller version of you, with similar feelings and really they just want to feel that you care enough about them to make a difference.
- Recognise their individual differences and take action; make it your mission to find out how they learn, what they like to do and arm them with strategies so they can experience success. Teach them how to learn and the rest will fall into place.
- Be clear on your expectations of work and behaviour; say it, write it, show it, do it
- Establish a relationship; don’t think you have to be their best mate, certainly not, you are their teacher, but let them know you care enough to ask how they are travelling, to follow up, to give praise where praise is due and to explain how they can do better for next time.
- Encourage them; to be their best, set them high standards but not so high they cannot reach them, scaffold their learning so they can. Ensure everyone leaves with a sense of achievement.
- Believe in them; believe they not only can learn BUT they will learn. Now put in place the steps they need to do so, challenge them, question them, learn from them. Watch, listen, learn, they are very good at letting you know what they need so pay attention.
- Make learning relevant; find a link between what it is you want them to know and do and their own lives as 21st Century learners. ICT takes care of the facts, your task is to bring the ‘humanity’ to class.
Thanks for reading 🙂
Thanks for the inspiring seminar this afternoon! Your enthusiasm was infectious, and I came away thinking “I can do that!” Loads of practical examples and activities, and some thoughtful sites and videos to follow up also. Bookmarking your blog now 🙂
Thanks Debra, really appreciate the feedback.
Good advice Jo, it’s all about relationships and making the students feel they are valued, (even if they aren’t that good at maths),
Yes, I’m not that great at Maths either, but a great teacher can make all the difference!