Teachers teach, and students study – while technically accurate, the previous statement doesn’t exempt professional educators from their required education time. In truth, teachers must pick up their own study habits and best practices to improve their teaching skills and get the most out of their students. Learn more about optimizing your curriculum and classroom environment for increased success.
Study Your Equipment
Many classrooms nationwide lack proper funding to include all of the most cutting-edge educational technology. However, there’s no denying that, to some degree, most American schools are far more technologically advanced than when we attended class! And as an educator, it is your responsibility to understand how to optimally operate the resources around, consequently providing a better environment for learning. Whether your district just got new Smart Boards, in-school tablets, or adopted an updated grading and attendance system, it’s crucial to dedicate time outside of your job to master these elements. Encourage your administration leaders to hold informational meetings and helpful walkthroughs when new technologies get introduced into the classroom.
Build Personal Relationships
Most teachers fully understand how to get the most out of their students by the end of the school year. Unfortunately, that also means there were many months when the teacher’s curriculum wasn’t effectively impacting some of their kids. Teachers can ensure better results from their students earlier in the semester by building personal relationships with each child (and their parents, if possible). Consider hosting one-on-one time with your students early in the year to better gauge their learning preferences and academic strengths. Try to include parents in these meetings so they can continue helping their child’s development outside of school.
Embrace Different Media
Many people argue that digital media is a distraction in academic environments – in truth, embracing multiple types of digital media within your curriculum is one of the most effective methods for educationally impacting the majority of your classroom. Music, videos, pictures, and other mediums of information supplement traditional classroom subjects and appeal to more diverse learning styles. For example, Spanish-language classes often show students tremendously beneficial Spanish Disney movies that reinforce classroom concepts and engage different brain areas. Consider implementing multiple media mediums in your curriculum to reach more of your students academically.
Study tips are valuable for everyone, including teachers! Follow these suggestions to effectively improve your teaching skills and maximize your classroom’s overall success.