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How To Achieve Teaching Excellence.

Teachers play a significant role in shaping the lives of students. Apart from helping them gain an understanding of the subject matter, you also play a role in shaping the social and moral development of the students. It is therefore important for you, as a teacher, to incorporate innovative techniques and methodologies needed to achieve teaching excellence. 

Teachers are the ones who spend the most time with students on a day-to-day basis. This gives you the opportunity to better understand the interests of the students and guide them to pursue the subject further. When students develop meaningful relationships with the teacher they are more likely to show an interest in the subject and perform better academically.

Teaching Excellence

The value placed on a teacher varies from institution to institution. Most schools and institutions judge teachers based on student test results, time management, syllabus, assignments and so on. However, all this concentrates only on the actions of the teacher. In order to achieve Teaching excellence, it is also important to consider the impact on the students. 

Although there is varying consensus on what factors contribute to teaching excellence, it is widely agreed upon that a teacher must possess teaching ability, communication skills and positive attitudes toward students.

  • Teaching Ability: A key factor used to evaluate a teacher is their ability to help the students understand the subject. This includes the performance of students in tests, assignments and exams. When the students in a class consistently perform well in tests, it indicates that they have a thorough grasp of the concepts. 
  • Communication Skills: The ability of a teacher to foster communication between the students. It is important for students to be able to communicate with each other despite having different opinions or interests. This helps introduce students to diverse concepts and new ideas. 
  • Attitudes Toward Students: Studies have shown that students are more likely to perform well in studies when their teachers have a positive attitude towards their studies and are committed to helping them perform well. This includes providing constructive feedback and clearing any doubts and concerns a student may have.  

Effective Teaching vs. Efficient Teaching

While effectiveness and efficiency may sound similar, there is a subtle yet important difference between the two when it comes to teaching. 

Efficiency is what the school or organisation measures when they assess a teacher. This includes technical factors such as the amount of time taken by the teacher to complete the syllabus, how well prepared the lesson plans are and who organized the classroom is. These are important organisation skills that a teacher must possess. However, the efficiency of a teacher does not say anything about how much the students benefitted from the class. It only covers technical and management details.

As a teacher, you are said to be effective when you are able to make your students understand and engage with the subject matter. When a student is able to apply critical thinking skills and make use of the concepts in real-world situations, it can be said that they have a thorough grasp of the subject. When a teacher takes the time to ensure that each student is able to understand the subject and engage with the class, they are effective at their job. 

A combination of the two is what makes a teacher truly effective. While some teachers value one approach over the other, only a balance between the two can help you achieve Teaching Excellence.

Steps To Follow To Become An Effective Teacher

Effective teachers are those who take an active part in helping students grow both socially and academically. 

Be Organised And Have Clarity In The Study Plan

Effective organisation is a key responsibility of every teacher. Every teacher is required to make a well-planned teaching schedule that will determine what topics are taught when and what pace the class will follow. 

To be an effective teacher, it is also important for you to have an in-depth understanding of the subject. If and when a student faces difficulty understanding a certain topic, you should be able to break down the concept and explain it in a simple and understandable manner. This can be done with the help of examples, analogies and metaphors that will help students retain the information they have learnt. 

Take An Analytical Approach To Learning

A key aspect of getting a good education is developing the ability to think critically. Effective teachers encourage their students to put theories into application and understand how they will be used in real-world scenarios. A key part of this is helping students understand how the concept was developed, case studies on how it has been used and exercises where they can apply it themselves. This way, the students will retain the knowledge for longer instead of just blindly memorising the notes. 

Maintain Class Dynamics

Students are said to respond to the attitude presented by the teacher. If you have a negative attitude towards the class and assume they are not smart, the class is also likely to respond negatively and perform poorly in academics. Similar to the self-fulfilling prophecy, students respond to the attitude that the teacher brings to the class. It is therefore important to maintain a dynamic and supportive presence in the classroom.

Interact With The Students On A Group And Individual Level

On a group level, a teacher should be able to effectively lead a discussion while also ensuring that the students are participating. You should take the effort to build an environment where students are able to voice and discuss independent thoughts. On an individual level, you should build an approachable image that encourages students to approach you for advice and guidance. 

Provide Constructive Feedback

Without proper feedback and guidance, students will never learn from their mistakes. By providing constructive instead of critical feedback, you can encourage the students to understand their mistake and correct themselves accordingly. A combination of these practices will help you on your path to Teacher Excellence. Children are the best hope for the future and teachers play a key role in ensuring that the students are equipped with the right mentality and knowledge to build a better and brighter future. 

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