Teaching Children Effectively in a Classroom

A teacher always faces an uphill task of teaching her students in a way which would provide a basis for meaningful learning. In order to teach her children in the most effective manner she needs to take care of the following things;

1. A teacher who cares:

The teacher needs to foster and show warmth and caring. A student really needs to know that the teacher cares for him/her. She needs to take some time and truly listen to their problems in order to make a closer bond with them. This would help in eliminating some of the problems faced by the students.

2. A model human being:

The teacher should model the desired behaviour. If you want your students to exibit some kind of behaviour then you need to act it too.

3.Inform students of the goals: 

Inform your students of the goals that you expect them to achieve, the reasons for your expectations, and the procedures they should follow to achieve those goals. This would help the students get a clear idea of what is expected of them and how to go about it.

4. Expect the best: 

Always expect the best from your students. This would help your students learn that you believe in them, and that in turn would make them believe in themselves.

5. Involve the students:

 Always involve your students in the lessons. The students can easily get bored if they are not involved in the lessons. The lessons need to be full of activities which would make learning fun for the students. This would help them retain what is being taught for a longer time as well.

6. Importance of learning:

Make learning seem worth while. The teacher needs to tell her students how what they are learning relates to their everyday life. This would help them see the importance of what they are learning and would make them more interested in the learning process in general.

7. Positive Reinforcement:

Use positive reinforcement. Set up attainable goals for your students and reward them if they achieve those goals. This will improve their motivational level.

8. Utalize students interests and ideas:

Capitalize on your students interests and ideas. Listen to your students. Keep your students interests in mind while making your lesson plans. Ask your students to come up with ideas that would enrich your lessons.

9. Individualize instruction:

Indiviualize instruction to meet your students’ needs, interests and abilities.

10. Cooperation and competition:

Use cooperation and competition as appropriate.

11. Every child is an individual:

Challenge students to do their best. Judge every child according to his/ her potential not in accordance to how the best child in class is performing.

Source: Classroom Teaching Skills: A premier by K. Moore. 1989, New York: Random House.