Teaching is as challenging as it can get, and getting your students’ attention is, perhaps, one of the greatest challenges. At the end of the day, you’re competing against the modern-day distractions. While it is difficult to accomplish that, it is far from being impossible. We will talk about three strategies that should come in handy.
Embrace an original style
Take a moment and think about the greatest teachers you’ve had – what do they have in common? For one thing, they have a unique, individual teaching style that separates them from the crowd – are you with me? There is no fixed pattern out there that will work for each teacher out there, and you should reckon this. Imitating someone won’t aid you to achieve the results you want.
When you don’t try to copy someone else, you can actually embrace an original style, which will allow you to connect with your students differently. This is the key to establishing a bond with your class, which can help you in getting their attention and interest during class.
Have a positive approach
Did you ever notice that the teachers who use fear and negativity as a means of controlling their students don’t accomplish long-lasting results? Ok, perhaps they might manage to have quiet lessons, but this isn’t your goal – is it?
Truth be told, there’s no wrong in saying that negativity minimizes creativity, whilst increasing the fear of failure. On the opposite side, good teachers motivate their students, by having a positive energy that is genuinely encouraging. As a rule of the thumb, positivity breeds creativity, so you should promote that as a teacher, as well.
Reflect on your strategies and be open to changing them
Good teachers should acknowledge that change is imminent. As a result, every now and then, you should take the time to reflect on your teaching tactics and analyze their efficiency, considering how your class reacts to them. Without a doubt, self-reflection and self-analysis are compulsory in order to pinpoint the weaknesses that could do with some improvements.
You can always go to a mentor and ask for advice or guidance, especially if you’ve reached a point when you don’t know which direction is the right one for you and your classes.
Continually adapt to your students’ needs
Typically, classrooms are similar to an ever-changing dynamic organism. To that end, each day, the dynamics, the mood of the students are different. Additionally, the attendance rooster matters, as well as the phase of the moon, so on and so forth. Therefore, you should be open to adapting and altering your teaching plans, so that you accommodate to your students’ needs. As they grow and evolve, your teaching plans should do the same. Your ultimate goal should be actually connecting with your students, which should also make you more open-minded and flexible regarding the change.
There are only some of the ways in which you can communicate with your class more efficiently. Remember, though, the key to attaining consistent results is being determined to enhance your strategies while being open to change.