In a typical path of education someone will be taught by a huge amount of different teachers throughout all the years they spend in school and beyond. Some of these individuals will make a considerable impact on those they teach whereas others will perhaps be slightly less influential. Each person seems to be able to recall the teachers they enjoyed being taught by and there can be varying reasons for this.
Potential is a very intriguing quality and in truth it is nothing unless it is truly realised. As a teacher you are the one who has the task of bringing the best out of those in your class, regardless of the age of the students you teach. Everyone in this area of work has to find their own way of doing things and it is true that children benefit from teachers that can offer a different approach from each other but these are some of the ways for you to make a positive impact.
Give attention to individual personalities
A class of school children will generally be a collection of such different and unique characters and at this point in their life their persona is arguably still being moulded to a large extent. A good teacher will recognise that there are specific requirements amongst their class and will realise that each student will tend to react differently to the stance taken with them. As a consequence, it is essential for a teacher to pay attention to each individual and to respond with the kind of approach that will be of most benefit to them.
Be firm but understanding
The type of teachers that only know one way to be (i.e. consistently strict) can be seen as very one-dimensional and this is not really the way to bring the best out of your pupils. It is important not to be seen as a pushover as a teacher but there are plenty of times when it is good to show there is a lighter side to your character. A good example of this is taking the opportunity to give the class a change in surroundings or activity from time to time. If the sun is shining then there is no reason why you cannot take the class outside to do the lesson. Growing up is a time in someone’s life that is generally free of many pressures but there will be times when a child in your class is struggling, maybe with friends or family, and it is your responsibility to be sensitive to such situations.