How do they destroy your lessons?
We could probably talk for hours about how students
destroy lessons... Let's not do that.
What it's costing YOU?
We could probably talk for hours about what it's costing you in terms of health, and confidence. Let's not do that either.
Such conversations will surely not lead us to where you actually want to go.
So, let's do something different.
Use your imagination to see and hear what it's like when the students are EAGER to come to your lessons, and learn from you, because THAT'S what it should be like - isn't it?
Regardless of the subjects you teach, core subjects or extra curricular activities, you are teaching students, so that's where your focus needs to be.
The solution is simple - you'd expect it to be big - but here it is, and it's completely under your control.
Look at what you can change about yourself
Whatever the circumstances your students are in, it's you who are in charge of creating the working atmosphere in your classroom, and that's something you CAN work with.
communicates. So the tools can be very simple.
The case study describes a situation that was so tough that the teacher was wondering if she should leave the teaching profession. The students were also concerned about the final grades they might get, and the effect that would have on their future choices of study or work.
- She told, asked and listened
- She received feedback, adjusted,
After just a few weeks, the working environment had improved and she chose to stay in teaching "for a few more years."
The case study is an example of using Positive Language.
There are six steps to this dream classroom
- Positive language
- Using Humour
- Asking questions
- Asking better questions
- Using feedback, in two or three directions
- Learning from Mistakes
In all of these steps, the teacher becomes a Role Model for the students in how to communicate, how to learn, how to grow, how to break free of limitations, to develop to the fullest potential.
In the next article I will talk about how to reconnect with students who aren't listening.
They are in class, or at least IN the classroom, but their attention is somewhere else. What can you do?
Again, the solution is very simple - and that's why it works.