Hello my bitches and welcome to another sporadic post. I would’ve posted a couple days ago but something pissed me off that day so I’m not gonna write about it as it makes my blood boil. So today I’ll be telling you how to be a good teacher since I’m currently teaching German to some younger students in school from scratch so yeah I’m kinda learning on the job.
Step 1:The two Fs
No before you get any ideas neither of them are fuck. The two Fs are friendly and firm and if you get these in the right moderation then you’ll be amazing. It’s important to be friendly because people produce their best work whenever they’re relaxed and so if you gave them daggers all the time then they’ll tense up and they’ll they nervous which leads to compromising their performance levels.
However being friendly in teaching does come with a price because they can occasionally take advantage of your kindness and this leads me onto the second F. There’s a massive difference between firm and being straight up strict. Allow me to give you an example.
Firm:please can we discuss this later and get on with the work because this is for your sake not mine.
Strict:be quiet now otherwise I will make you write lines on why you shouldn’t be talking.
Do you see the difference? Being strict is threatening them, being firm is reminding them of the ways in which they benefit from the lessons.
Step 2:make them work before you do
I couldn’t stress the importance of this more because it’s so easy to be wrapped up in teaching that you start to reel off facts about said topic without teaching them it. What I do before I tell them things is I ask them what they think it is and I only tell them if they genuinely don’t know even after having given them a clue. It’s also important to make them work as it keeps them on their toes and makes sure that they’re paying attention to what you’re saying as they wouldn’t want to be picked and get the answer wrong.
Step 3:encourage mistakes
This kinda links in with step two in terms of making them work before I do. This is so that they can make a mistake first and then they can learn from it because I learn the most based on what mistakes I’ve made. It’s so important to encourage this because no matter what you will always make a mistake. I like to encourage this because in the words of my dance teacher “the more mistakes you make the more lessons you learn”. I always like to try and get the kids to guess what the answers are and to not be shy in making and correcting the mistake now instead of making it over a length of time.
Step 4:be positive
This entails not giving up on them. I personally have only had two lessons and so therefore my patience hasn’t been tried at all. However it’s important you don’t patronise them and treat them as if they’re bad at the subject because I’ve had this before and it’s led me to hating the subject and the teacher even more. They are human beings as well as you, they have feelings and probably would rather be somewhere else but they’re not so treat them correctly and with respect. Sure some of the kids I teach are better at German then the others but this doesn’t mean I should alienate them but rather try to tailor the lessons to certain people’s needs. This doesn’t mean go out of your way to invest all your time in the struggling ones, it perhaps could mean don’t put them so often for example or make sure everyone understands when you ask if they’re any questions and when you ask that then ask it truthfully instead of it as a rhetorical question.
This is the end of my post and I mainly based the steps on what works best for me but just know that you’ll obviously have different learning styles to me so take thus post with a pinch of salt. Anyway that’s me done for today and I’ll see you later.