Friday, 31 October 2014



1) Uncover the "Why"
Many times, when teachers are asked why they are teaching a certain lesson they respond with, “Because it’s in the curriculum”. If you are one of these teachers, then you already know the reason why you are having problems making your lessons livelier.
Just sit down, think hard and list all your personal reasons for teaching a particular lesson and use this reason to be creative in your class.
Ask yourself :
Am I teaching students about natural sciences to give them appreciation for nature and everything around them?
Am I helping them learn about mathematical operations so they can understand Algebra better in a few years’ time?
2) Evaluate Your Performance
After the school year ends, stop and think about everything that had transpired.
Did you reach your goals for the year?
Were there activities that you could improve on?
Did your students appreciate you style of teaching?
What worked and what didn’t work?
Asking yourself these questions can help you evaluate and revise your teaching style for the year to come.
Gather everything you can about what happened to better prepare you for what will happen next. Reflect on how you want to move forward with teaching the next time you step into a classroom.
3) Let Your Curiosity Lead You
Oftentimes, inspiration can hit you while travelling or reading an interesting article in a magazine or when you’re strolling around on a jungle trail. Be observant . Collect everything that catches your eye. A nice photograph for a writing exercise, or a handful of interesting rocks to help explain erosion are all potential classroom activities waiting to be explored. Stay inspired and be creative.
4) Create Your Own Assessment Tools
If you’re starting the New Year with a brand new curriculum, then you have the opportunity to create your own assessment tools. Spend the summer holidays coming up with these. Start with creating a general overview of your year or term and take time creating really in-depth assessments.
5) Step Back A Little, take a breather
Stressing about the coming year will only burn you out before you even starting up!
Relax and take a week or two away from the pressure of creating lesson plans and activities.
Do something that interests you and recharge yourself! Be a sparkling fresh teacher!
If you give yourself space to decompress, de-stress, you’ll be fresh and ready to tackle the work that needs to be done in the year ahead.
6) Learn About Your School’s new Evaluation Tools for teachers
There are new form of evaluation for teachers coming in these days, you should take it upon yourself to learn about it. Take note of the highest ranking and understand what makes an exemplary teacher in the eyes of this evaluation.
7) Meet up with Fellow Teachers
One can get inspired by meeting up with another teacher. Grab the opportunity to meet with a group of teachers, either form your school or from another. You’ll never know what you might learn from spending the day with fellow teachers. You can all exchange tips and experiences.
You can try out new methods of teaching that have worked for others or you can model your lesson plan against that of another person who has a similar load.
These 7 steps, may help you to start the new-year or new term as a better teacher. Work on your teaching skills and you’ll see a vast improvement in your students’ participation as well.
Happy teaching !

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