Sometimes students don’t seem to realize that their teachers also are human beings with feelings, thoughts, and concerns beyond the curriculum. Secondary school students are so wrapped up in the lives of their friends and social media that teachers don’t seem to exist unless confronted by one. Teachers are to be ignored or tolerated at best. In the mindset of many teens, teachers are barely human and don’t deserve their respect. So how can teachers acquire more respect? Below are suggestions to prove that teachers deserve the utmost respect.
1. Let your passions show through in your lessons and hobbies. It is tough to stay excited about what you teach if you have already been teaching for some time. You need to take in-service courses and constantly update the curriculum. In a world filled with You-Tube, videos, cell phones, and instant self-gratification, students want to be entertained. You may say “That’s not my job. I am a teacher.” However, the best teachers always have a trick or two up their sleeves to catch the interests of their students. They sprinkle excitement and surprises into their lessons to make their class session more fun. They prepare dynamic lessons, and they share their own personal interests now and then.
2. You have to clarify what is important to learn and what’s not. For years brain researchers have known that we learn best when we associate new information with old information. If you studying a new language it’s better to learn a word with its opposite such as the words “black” and “white.” If you can’t think of one, the other word might remind you of the right word you. In the classroom, I used the word “connection” to encourage my students to make connections. For example, I would say, “In order to remember the correct spelling and usage of stationary and stationery it is important to remember that we use stationERy to write lettERs. Mention the teams and events you support.
3. Always remember: Teachers don’t die. They just lose their class. In terms of cherished memories, teachers live on and on in retirement. They no longer roam the classroom, but they have saved numerous glowing end-of-the-school-year letters. They have stored memories of students enjoying funny poetry and the literary magic of Shel Silverstein or Harry Potter. They have come back to their former classroom on Open School Night to thank a teacher for being there to support them in their early education. Such teachers know without a doubt they made a difference in the lives of their students… Click the page to discover the best memory Joe has of teaching in his thirty-three-year career.