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Motivating Lazy Students

Teaching is a rewarding and satisfactory career but it can frustrate you when you have to deal with unmotivated lazy students. If you have lazy students in class, you should devise some strategies to motivate them. Here are some guidelines in this regard:

  • Encouragement is the first and foremost strategy which you can follow. Reward lazy students if they ever participate in class activities. These rewards should not necessarily be gifts or something. Just a praising word like “good effort” or “good job” is enough. When a student feels an experience of inner accomplishment and satisfaction, he is more likely to become motivated.
  • Build a rapport with students. A good teacher always makes students feel comfortable and confident and thus succeeds to create a safe and positive environment. Students always want to be cared and understood. They should be given confidence that it is really all right even if they give wrong answer to a question.
  • Do not only teach the students but get them involved in class. Create opportunities where lazy students can participate. Make assignments more interesting and engaging. For this, you will need to modify your lesson plans. Try to turn your lecture into a discussion class or a fun activity. An interesting and bouncy lesson motivates students.
  • Make students feel that they have choices and powers in their educational life. Make your assignments flexible so that students may decide how to involve themselves. For encouraging lazy students, allow them do some projects on their interests even if these projects are not a part of study.
  • Encourage students to work as a team. Let them complete their projects as a team. It will give students a chance to feel that they belong to each other. This will also motivate lazy students to contribute more of their efforts.
  • Make students know that lessons relate to their real lives as well. When they will feel that lessons affect them personally, they will pay more attention to lesson. For discussions, choose topics from newspapers and let students analyze them to learn life lessons.

Tips to Teach to Non-Verbal Students

Non verbal students communicate in a different way therefore they are taught in a different manner as well. Non verbal students may be autistic, deaf, mute or kids with other disabilities. Teaching to non-verbal students is a true challenge and special teaching techniques are required for this purpose. Here some guidelines are given in this regard:

  • Assessing a student’s developmental skills is quite important for a teacher especially in case of non-verbal students. Before you develop an educational strategy, know what your non verbal student is capable of doing. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and evaluations are those documents which can provide you detail about needs of non verbal students. They also provide you recommendations.
  • To teach non verbal students, you should use visual cues. Visual cues work as the voice of non verbal students who are limited in communication and do not have skills. Illustrations may be used as an idea, want or command. For example, if a non verbal student wants to drink water, he can point to a picture of water bottle or glass.
  • Adaptive communication tools are really helpful to teach non verbal students. Many such products are available which are especially designed to help students with special requirements. Communication builders use pictures and sounds to help special kids learn communication skills. For example, you can have computer software that can tell what is being typed.
  • You will also need to learn sign words. This will help non verbal students to communicate with you without using any adaptive equipment. Other students in the class can also benefit from these signs and create social rapport with non verbal students.
  • Use body language as a communication tool. This tool is especially useful for those students who cannot use their body parts. Simple things like eye blink, head nod and finger points are some signs that non verbal students can use to answer your question.
  • Being a teacher, you should place non verbal students as close to yourself as possible so that they can communicate with you easily.
  • Encourage non verbal students for the efforts to communicate. Encouragement and praise is necessary to let them develop their communication skills continuously.

Three Steps to Get a Teaching Job

Do you want to know how to get a teaching job? It is quite simple as getting a teaching job is identical to getting any other job in terms of basic requirements. Getting a teaching job is a whole process but there are three main steps which need to be followed. Here are these three important steps:

Writing a Great Resume

When it comes to get a teaching job, the first thing you need to do is to write a great and impressive resume. Your resume is the first impression which you will have on minds of your potential employers. It will provide you as a strong base to step forward. While writing resume, mention all your qualifications, certificates as well as experience. Mention all those things which show you as good teacher.

Preparing References

You need to list names of some persons in your resume as references. You will definitely do not want your references be surprised by a call from your potential employer. Let them know that they might receive call in regards to the job you have applied for.

Getting Prepared for Interview

A teaching job interview is somewhat different from other job interviews. In this interview, you will face some kind of questions that are not usually asked in other job interviews. Therefore, before going for interview, it is better to guess what those questions may be. Also prepare answers of all possible questions. Some of the common questions may include:

  • What kind of atmosphere would you like to have in your classroom?
  • How will you handle a disruptive or problem child?

You will be able to impress your potential employer if you will answer these questions confidently, professionally and honestly.

Finding a teaching job is difficult as there is always a tough competition. But great resume and an impressive interview can increase chances of getting a job which you want.

How to Maximize Student Interaction in Class

Being a teacher, you will need a clear feedback from your students. Students will not interact with you until they are encouraged to participate in all classroom activities and issues. To create an effective learning environment, you need to encourage your students to interact with you and their peers without hesitation. Here are some things which you can do to maximize students’ interaction in classroom:

  • You need to respect learners.
  • Being a teacher, try to see things from your students’ perspective.
  • Be an encourager and encourage hesitant and shy students to interact with you and fellow students.
  • Create and maintain a relaxed learning environment in class.
  • Enhance your communication skills and build strong rapport with your students so that they can communicate with you without fear.
  • Instead of giving lengthy explanations, ask questions.
  • Try to ask relevant open ended questions. Do not make it simple by asking just Yes/No questions.
  • During your lecture, give enough time to students to listen, think and process their thoughts so that they can then ask something or speak. While giving them time to think, don’t talk to them.
  • Be an active listener and try listening to every student in class.
  • If a student finds difficult to explain something, you should try to understand what he wants to say actually.
  • Also listen carefully to their language mistakes and make corrections immediately.
  • Take necessary actions to increase student talking time. At the same time, try to decrease teacher talking time. You can do this by using gestures instead of speaking too much.
  • To increase students talking time, make groups or pairs of students. Encourage students to interact with each other.
  • When a student starts speaking something to you, let him finish his sentence first.
  • Being a good teacher, you can also be a part of class instead of always acting as head of class.
  • You should make a balance between coordination and competition. Encourage cooperation when needed and set competitions at suitable time.
  • If a student speaks too quietly and slowly, move to him and encourage him to speak louder. In this way, you can also increase confidence level of your students.

These tips and guidelines seem very simple but they are very important to create a healthy learning environment.

Tips to Improve Student-Teacher Relationship

Teachers should build and maintain a good relationship with students. It is somewhat difficult to build a relationship that is friendly as well as involves retaining a level of respect. Teachers, who succeed in building and maintain such a relationship with students, also become able to have better control over classroom. Here are some tips which can be followed to improve relationship between students and teacher:

Be Friendly: First thing you need to do is to treat all your students the same. Try to know how friendly you should be with your students. You need to set some limits while being friendly with your students.

Give Respect to Students: Make sure to receive same amount of respect from every student. Students always learn what their teacher does. If you will treat them with respect, they will return you the same respect and love.

Be Available: To improve relationship with your students, you must be there whenever they need you. So make sure that you are available for students to talk you during lunch time, after class and before school time. Students may need your help regarding studies or they may need someone who can listen their problem.

Understand your Students: You not only need to listen to students but you should also understand them. Students might face various problems in school. You should not be too strict so they cannot come to you due to fear.

Be Kind: Always greet students with an affectionate smile on your face. Talk with them and listen what problems they have in their lives. This behavior of yours will make students feel that you take care of them and are interested in their activities.

These were some simple rules of improving your relationship with your students. This may also become a key to your successful teaching career.

Tips for Teaching Job Interview

If you just have graduated, you will be seeking a job for a teacher. But getting a job as a teacher is not as easy because most of the institutes demand experienced teachers. In such situation, you can only get a job by impressing your interviewer. You can do so by answering all the questions appropriately and confidently. Here are some general tips for teaching job interview:

  • First of all create teacher portfolio to take it on interviews. Place all documents in a quality folder to keep all things together.
  • First way to impress an interviewer is to dress appropriately. Wear a nice and clean dress when going for a teaching job interview. You can also get a nice haircut to enhance you looks. If you are a man, please shave nicely. If you do not want to shave trim hair to get a nice look. Also check details about other accessories like shoes. You should look like a professional by your entire appearance.
  • Arrive early on interview venue but do not arrive too early. You should be there about ten minutes before actual time given to you.
  • Try to get some information about your potential employer. Carefully read their mission statement so that you can answer interview questions with reference to the purpose of institute.
  • Foresee the questions which may be asked along with their answers which you will give. For having a look on sample questions, you can also search online to have an idea what might be asked.
  • Get prepared to speak to a panel of teachers because teacher interview often takes form of a team interview. After walking into room, introduce yourself to all persons by shaking hand and making eye contact. Do not give a dead fish handshake and do not let your eye contact develop into a stare either. Be a good listener and listen to their names carefully and try to remember their designations.
  • Answer all questions positively and avoid mockery. You should be honest and not try to lie as your lies will definitely sound different and will go against you.
  • You will also be asked about your favorite lesson so be prepared to talk much about it. Make sure your favorite lesson is student centered.
  • You should also prepare some questions which you will ask. At the end of interview, you will be asked if you also have some questions. You can ask questions about hiring process, need for supporting documents, demo lesson etc.

Sample Interview Questions for Teaching Applicants

Here some sample interview questions are given which are mostly asked from teaching candidates. It is not necessary that interviewer will ask every question given below but if you will prepare answers of these questions, you will be able to leave a good impression.

  • How and why did you decide to become a teacher?
  • What do you want to do in your life?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Are you a compassionate person? Give example.
  • Are you an objective person? Explain your answer with example.
  • Are you a positive and energetic person? (Back up your answer with example)
  • Describe three of your strong points?
  • List three of your weaknesses as a teacher?
  • What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you when you were student?
  • What was the best thing you feel when you were student?
  • If I were your principal and we were setting goals for school, what would your suggestions be?
  • If a student says that you are the worst teacher he ever had, what would be your reaction?
  • How would you rank these in importance? Give reason of your answer. Planning, methods, evaluation and discipline
  • How can you tell me that a person is a good listener?
  • How would you react if a student fails to meet deadline?
  • It is your first day in class and you are writing something on whiteboard. A paper clump hits you in back. What would you do then?
  • Do you believe in building rapport with students? If yes, how?
  • How do you encourage students to learn?
  • Can a student be forced to learn?
  • How will you handle a student who is intelligent but has behavioral and discipline problems?
  • How will you present a new thing/word in class?
  • Do you wish to use computers in classroom? How?
  • What do you think is the role of a principal?
  • Is there a clash between your insight of principal’s role and his role as your evaluator?
  • Describe your student teaching experience.
  • What subjects have you taught?
  • During your teaching, were you ever involved with a condition at school that involved ethnic tension?
  • If yes, how did you handle the situation?
  • What do you do when a discipline problem arises in your class?
  • Are you patient? Did you ever get angry with your student?
  • If you are given a chance to create an ideal school, what would it be like?
  • Do you like to face challenges? Back up your answer with example.
  • How do you feel about noisy classroom? How would you handle noise in classroom?
  • What is your educational philosophy?
  • What you like and dislike the most about teaching profession?
  • What will you be doing in five years?
  • How would you make a difficult phone call to parents of one of your students?

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