HOW TO MAKE OUR STUDENTS EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL
- November 22, 2017
- Posted by: polyglot polyglot
- Category: Uncategorized
This article is going to interest anyone who is into self-improvement. There will be something to read for teachers, students and moms.
It all started when I came home with a book in my hand . What grabbed my attention on the book cover was the following “Discovering a successful student in every child” . But when I opened the book, I realized, that it contains much more than that: essential tips, how to teach a child the most significant human values. How to respect others, how to be kind in every daily situation, how to be well-mannered… I heard and knew many times before that objectives of our lessons are not only to teach grammar and vocabulary material , but also to set an example for that child, who spends many hours a year in our classroom, to allot him our skills and the best of knowledge, so he can grow up a decent person with warm heart. How can we teachers do it? Today I would like to share some of the tips by Ron Clark with you.
Tip #1 Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times. When someone makes a comment – turn and face that person.
Children aged from 4-5 years old and up to teenagers are likely to hide their eyes. At the lesson they frequently ignore each other’s opinions, simply waiting to report what the teacher has asked for. When role playing the dialogues, they don’t maintain the eye contact. That’s what we are going to teach them.
Keeping eye contact is something that many people find hard to do, but it is significant when you are trying to get your point across to people and show them you are serious about what you are saying. The way to teach your students such manner of behaviour is to repeatedly encourage students to make eye contact every time they communicate with one another. It is necessary to explain the students that when you look away or down at the floor, it shows you aren’t sure of what you are saying and that you possibly aren’t telling the truth.
Ron Clark says:” When a student is expressing an opinion, make sure all of your students turn and are focused on that individual”.
If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, students need to congratulate that person. There must be a genuine sound of clapping in the classroom, lasting for at least 3 seconds.
Think about those countless games you play with children. Do they really congratulate a winner? To be honest, what I have been experiencing during all 3 years of teaching is a fact that in many cases games finish with somebody’s tears or bad mood for the whole lesson (small children); the winner is bragging that he’s the best and others feel totally embarrassed!
We do need to teach children to be happy with achievements of others! Praise and applause are very important since they help a child to believe in himself and to be proud of his efforts.
We can practice this technique when giving out students checked test. For each good result they need to clap to their peers. Also, we need to remind the pupils that they are a part of one family and they need to support each other to be successful
If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return. If someone asks ” How was your weekend?” you should answer the question and then ask a question in return. It is really polite to show others that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.
This skill takes a while to teach our pupils. How often do they ask you about your weekend, how do you feel? Children seem to be interested only in talking about themselves. That’s why it is vital here to show them a different way.
When students walk into the classroom and you tell them “Hello, how was your day?” they respond and forget to ask you the same, remind them! By reminding 3-4 times, they will never forget! Everyone wants to be heard, right?
Dear readers, here are just a few tips I shared with you. But, if you are eager to know more, find a book ” The Essential 55 ” by Ron Clark and you are welcome to read 53 more valuable tips! Best of luck in teaching!