As teachers, our words and our actions are powerful. We have the power to transform, but we also have the power to tear apart. Our words should always be chosen carefully.
Our actions must be professional at all times. Saying or doing these ten things will have a negative impact on your ability to teach.
“I don’t care if my students like me or not.”
As a teacher, you had better care whether or not your students like you. Teaching is often more about relationships than it is about teaching itself. If your students do not like you or trust you, you will not be able to maximize the time you have with them.
Teaching is about giving and taking. Failing to understand will lead to failure as a teacher. When students genuinely like a teacher, the teacher’s job as a whole becomes much simpler, and they are able to accomplish more.
Establishing a good rapport with your students ultimately leads to greater success.
“You will never be able to do that.”
Teachers should always encourage students, not discourage them. No teachers should crush any student’s dreams.
As educators, we should not be in the business of predicting futures, but of opening doors to the future. When we tell our students they can’t do something, we place a limiting threshold on what they may try to become.
Teachers are great influencers. We want to show students a pathway to achieving success, rather than telling them they will never get there, even when the odds are against them.
“You are just lazy.”
When students are repeatedly told that they are lazy, it becomes ingrained in them, and pretty soon it becomes a part of who they are.
Many students get mislabeled as “lazy” when there is often a deeper underlying reason that they are not putting in much effort.
Instead, teachers should get to know the student and determine the root cause of the issue. Once this is identified, teachers can help a student by providing them with the tools to overcome the issue.
“That’s a stupid question!”
Teachers should always be willing to answer a student’s questions about a lesson or content they are learning in class. Students must always feel comfortable and encouraged to ask questions.
When a teacher refuses to answer a student’s question, they are discouraging the entire class to withhold questions. Questions are important because they can extend learning and provide teachers with direct feedback allowing them to assess whether or not students understand the material.
“I’ve already gone over that. You should have been listening.”
No two students are the same. They all process things differently.
Our job as teachers is to make sure that every student understands the content. Some students may require more explanation or instruction than others. New concepts can be especially difficult for students to grasp and may need to be retaught or revisited for several days.
There is a good chance that multiple students need further explanation even if only one is speaking up.
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