As responsible teachers, you need to be consistent with your performance and continue to develop your teaching skills. In this article, we will discuss some ways to improve your teaching methods and keep your students interested for a better school year. Read on.
- Uncover the “why” and improvise
The first thing you need to do is to find out which areas you need to improve. The problem with most teachers is they strictly follow the curriculum. Make your class more interesting by adding activities like film viewing, using visual aids, and other group activities. You may also look for online resources that can help in your lesson plan. The key here is to let your students get involved and make it more interactive. Of course, you need approval from your superiors.
- Gauge your performance
When the school year ends, take some time and try to reflect about everything you had transpired. Did you reach your goals for the semester? Were there unexpected achievements? What activities were successful? Did your students appreciate your teaching methods? Analysing these questions can help you gauge your performance and adjust your style for the year to come.
- Let curiosity guide you
Most of the time, you will discover new things while reading an interesting article in a magazine or watching inspiring movies. Gather everything that interests you—an infographic for a writing exercise, some odd ornaments as subjects for art class, or maybe a handful of interesting stones to help explain rock formation and soil erosion. These can all be helpful in classroom activities waiting to be explored
- Formulate your own assessment tools
If there’s a new curriculum rolled out, then this is your chance to formulate your own assessment tools. You don’t have to worry about planning for the entire year, the rest should follow easily. Review your goals for the school year and take some time to create in-depth assessments. This is the best way to understand your new curriculum. With a concrete analysis, you can now start revising your lesson plans you have for the rest of the year.
There are many other ways you can do to improve your teaching skills. Just be open to different opportunities. Don’t limit yourself to what you have read or learned in school. You can always think outside the box. Teaching is a give and take process—you also learn and discover great things from your students.