Listen To Your Students
I have written many posts aimed at students but this post is aimed at the teachers out there.
Do not dismiss a student’s ideas in the classroom. Every teacher has an image in their head of the students in their classroom so it can be very easy for the teacher to think that every time a ‘troublesome’ student raises an idea, it will always be pointless and not conducive. Get out of this mindset because the ‘troublesome’ student will feel that you do not respect them and they will be more likely to lash out. Show every student respect and treat every instance as an independent event so that you do not have any preconceptions before a child speaks.
Have a talk with your students about what they want to do in life and how are they feeling in general. When the students believe that the teacher is genuinely interested in their passions and hobbies, they are more likely to treat the teacher with respect and are more likely to behave in the classroom. It also builds that rapport which is always a good thing.
Learn the tendencies of your students and learn to recognise their behaviour when they are feeling good and when they are not feeling so good. Being understanding of your students will allow you to control your classroom as well as caring for your students and being there for them in times of hardship.
Students are very good at reading teachers and determining what kind of teacher you are. So make your impression a good one. Always make the students feel like they can come to you for help. If you have some free time, then offer to help your students out with revision techniques or maybe there is something particular which you know your students are struggling with. When you hand out tests to your classroom, ensure that you make it clear what can be expected on the exam to help the students prepare the best they can. Little things like this are appreciated by the student!
Always be there for your students and ensure that they feel like they can talk to you about anything.