8 Teaching Errors That You Must Avoid
- Aug 13, 2014
There are few mistakes that all teachers should avoid consciously and these errors range from bad habits to poor thought process. Irrespective of the mistake you make, it is important to remember that teaching errors make your job tougher. And if you are unable to eliminate these mistakes, then you will not be able to motivate your students and you will mess up with everything at the end of the day. Here are a few common teaching mistakes that you should avoid by all possible means.
Not learning or listening to your colleagues
Effective teaching strategies change with every passing day. For example, what you have learnt in your teaching training school few years ago may not be appropriate for you to deal with your students. The best way to improve your teaching skills is to observe what other teachers do. If you get any free period, you can request your colleague if you can sit inside his or her class and observe teaching abilities. Another option is to make a film of your own lecture, deliver the copies to other teachers to ask for their feedback.
Teaching in real time cannot be compared with a mere presentation
It is vital to remember that there is a huge difference between delivering a presentation and teaching inside a class in real time. The ambience inside the class can change at any point of time and you have to ensure that you adjust with the changing situation immediately.
Failing to make your lecture relevant
Establishing relevance does not mean that you are only going to fill the lecture with lot of analogies to draw attention of your students. To establish relevance you certainly have to be creative. Rack your brains and try to find out how to make a project or lecture more interesting. For example, you can prepare a skit and involve your students to act on it. This creative method is often used for teaching literature. Your main objective should be to create interest on the subject you teach and do not just focus on completing your syllabus.
Not emphasizing with your students
You should always place yourself on your student’s situation and think what they like, think and want from a particular lecture session. Do not forget that you were also fickle minded, skeptical and restless during your school days.
Immediately ask questions
After completing the lecture you should not immediately ask questions. Only a handful of students feel the urge to think about questions and give the answers instantly. The best practice is to give them a break for two minutes and then ask the students to write all their queries or doubts on notecards. At the end of the class, you can collect their notecards. Else, you can also keep an open Q&A (question and answer) session in the last five minutes of the class and request your students to come up with their queries. It is a good opportunity for the students to recapitulate the entire lecture session.
Do not bring variety in mode of teaching
Variety is the spice of life and the same rule is applicable for a classroom teaching. Take your students to a nearby cafeteria or take them to zoo. It allows you to become friendlier with your students and also helps your students to take a break from mundane routine. It also helps your students to improve their learning abilities to a great extent.
Set up low expectations from your students
Normally the students perform at a consistent level and as a tutor, you also need to keep realistic expectations from them. It also means that you should treat your pupils equally, become clear about your expectation and constantly encourage them to make improvement in their performance. Know to differentiate between a lazy boy who always finds the concept to be too hard to grasp and a diligent students who is truly facing difficulty in understanding a particular concept.
Not preparing for silence
When you ask a question you may not get response from your students. You should be mentally prepared for such kind of scenario. Most teachers cannot anticipate that students feel shy to share their views on a particular lesson in the class. If you face such kind of situation, you should give the right answer of the question on your own, crack a joke and then move on to the next lesson. It shows that you are not angry and all your students may also feel comfortable and may be more willing to answer next time.Get rid of your bad teaching habit and improve your ability to teach your students.
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