The foundations for becoming an effective teacher perhaps lie within professionalism and ethics. Professionalism can be divided into six distinct categories; these are academic, legal, ethical, professional, personal and cultural professionalism. According to (Whitten et al., 2010) this is a good starting point because teachers need to reflect upon what professionalism means for them and how it will affect their teaching practices.
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, 2010) The answers will determine the best teaching strategies. Teachers need to aware of the wide range of strategies available to them and be able to evaluate when best to use them.
Useful teaching strategies include observations, explanations, demonstrations, brainstorming, discussions and role-plays and experiments. (Whitten et al., 2010). The most commonly utilized are explanations, questioning and discussion. (March 2000).
Excellent questioning techniques are vital. Question and answer sessions are widely used in the classroom and they are useful for both teachers and students. From the teacher’s perspective, questions can be utilized to check understanding, determine developmental areas and to steer students thinking. (Marsh, 2000) One important consideration is the learning environment and it is important to think about the best ways in which to create a positive one. Consider a place where the students want to learn, they know what is expected of them, they feel safe, they belong and they are able to easily access the resources they require.
The learning environment should be safe; all students regardless of the creed, color and culture need to feel at ease. Students need to belong and group work can be utilized in order to increase social interaction as well as collaboration as a learning strategy. The teacher should use positive and respective discipline techniques, encouraging students and encouraging self-belief. If the teacher can build personal relationships with the students, have an insight into their attitudes, beliefs and motivation, he will also gain their respect.
A range of gestures can be used to signal the start of the lesson. Teachers can use verbal and non-verbal prompts to let the students know that it is time to move on.
Furthermore, the insight teacher will get to know the students and build personal relationships with them. This will make them want to behave in the class because they respect the teacher. (Bennett, B. and Smilanich, P. 1994).
Of course, misbehavior in the classroom could be linked to lack of motivation in certain circumstances. The teacher will also need to consider effective motivation techniques
Encouraging belonging and motivation is key to the role of the effective teacher. Classroom management gives us some insight to belonging, but what about motivation? It is important for the teacher to have some insight into...