Monday, December 26, 2011

Teaching Strategies - 7 Secrets of a Master Teacher

Great teaching comes from great teachers. Teachers who have control of their classroom, mastery of their material and the respect of their students. However becoming a master teacher isn't easy. It takes hard work, perseverance and determination.

In order to help you teach better, here are 7 STRATEGIES for a master teacher.

1. Know Your Why

It has been said that if you have a big enough "why" you can accomplish anything. So, know why you want to be a teacher. The reason must be bigger than life if you are going to stay motivated.

2. Prepare Your Priorities

In order to make decisions you need to develop a set of predetermined priorities. Knowing your priorities will help you focus on doing first things first. Most people don't do what is important, they do what is urgent. So, decide what is most important to you and prepare your priorities.

3. Determine Your Destination

If you are going to lead your students to an understanding of your subject matter, then you need to know where you are going. So, take the time to plan out your year and then prepare an outline for your students. This outline will serve as a road map for the upcoming year and everyone knows where you are going and what to expect.

4. Choose Your Battles

You must learn to choose your battles, not every thing is worth fighting over. If you make it your habit to fight over every little thing you will eventually lose the war. Believe it or not, there are situations you might want to ignore and let it go for the time being. But when you do choose to take on a battle, you had better win. If you lose a battle, you will lose respect with your students.

5. Know Your Audience

Spend some time getting to know your students. Ask questions about their families, pets, hobbies, likes and dislikes. The more you know about your students the better you can prepare your lessons to fit them. Besides know one cares about what you know till they know that you care.

6. Work on Yourself

It is very important that you work harder on yourself than you do on job. You must have a plan for personal growth that includes books, CDs, DVDs, seminars and classes that will improve your skills. So, try to read at least one professional book a month, attend at least two seminars a year and try to take one class a year.

7. Ignite Your Passion

It is very important that you teach with passion. If you don't have a passion for teaching, please stop teaching. Effective teaching is done with passion and you must work at keeping that flame burning. One of the best ways to ignite your passion is to watch uplifting movies about people who made a difference.

Movies like: Mr. Holland's Opus, Lean on Me, Man Without a Face or Stand and Deliver.

Another way to keep your flame burning is to create a Victory File. The victory file contains the notes, cards and letters from your students over the years. This is a powerful tool for sustaining your passion.

Teachers are underpaid, underestimated and unappreciated. But to the true teacher it doesn't matter, they continue to teach because it is a fulfillment of their destiny.

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