Teachers dedicate their time and resources in ensuring that they deliver on their duties.
For successful teaching, teachers need to have a balanced knowledge in subject areas and an understanding of how to teach for them to efficiently and effectively manage their classes.
What then happens when teachers do not have the facilities to balance both? Well, in this article, we will be highlighting, in order of importance, 6 things teachers should learn before teaching in classrooms.
Teaching and learning
This is a fundamental aspect. Knowing how to teach and how to learn helps you become well-grounded and as such, enables you to delve into subject areas that you wouldn’t ordinarily teach if you didn’t do both.
Even though you may not be well grounded in a certain subject because it isn’t your field, you can teach it to the best of your knowledge if you are provided the right resources.
For example, a teacher with a general science degree may not be able to easily teach advanced physics but they could learn with the right resources.
This is a good thing because the current education system is dynamic which means teachers will need to be updated as new concepts emerge.
Topics to teach and designing instruction
Topics are crucial because they form the basis for all future learning.
Teachers may not necessarily need to have specific detailed knowledge of a subject but they should have a basic understanding of everything in order to function and contribute to society.
Having specific topics will make it easier to teach especially for teachers with a basic background in a subject who just have to plan, research and learn to teach effectively.
Also, designing rich lessons, impactful activities, and evaluation pieces is a top skill that teachers should possess and develop.
Teaching can be frustrating sometimes – capturing the interest of students, calming them when there’s a ruckus, etc.
Teachers’ ability to manage classrooms is very essential as it combines a variety of skills like counselling, discipline, psychology, etc., to successfully navigate the challenges that may be encountered.
Advocating for students and themselves
Teaching goes beyond ensuring students are educationally sound.
Teachers also play the role of advocate for students especially at times when they have been discriminated against and abused.
There have been instances also when teachers had also faced challenges – unpaid salaries, poor working conditions, etc.
Teachers should learn to advocate, not only for their students but also for themselves because if they don’t, the problems will still persist.
Engaging parents in the learning process
Involving parents in their children’s learning process is a major contributor to student success.
Teachers should learn how to strike conversations with parents about their children’s learning as this will better help them understand how to handle these children, and serve as an avenue to provide feedback to parents on students’ progress in class.
Positioning for funding
There are projects that need to be funded or needs that need to be met but because of little or no funding, they are shelved.
Teachers should scout for funding opportunities beyond the normal channels.
They should learn how to apply for grants and organize fundraising programs. This is a skill that is essential for teachers in this age.
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