Topic 3: Best Practices, Do’s and Don’ts

Strategies, Approaches and Techniques

Do’s

1)Be sincere and true, respecting cultural, gender, religious and other challenges.

2)Be able to “go with the flow.” Teaching is like life, stuff happens, and things don’t always go as planned.

3)Be prepared, to the best of your ability to share your knowledge. Students want to learn, especially if the teacher is excited about the topic.

4)Remember there are going to be some bad days, and grumpy days, and unhappy days, and sometimes they come one after another. However, the compensation comes when one of your challenging students will thank you or do something nice for another.

5)Be a people-watcher. Watch your students, watch your co-workers. Pay attention to the little changes in people. Be compassionate. Be a good listener, not only to words, but to body language, also.

6)Smile!

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Don’ts

1)Try not to lose your love of learning, because there will always be something new to learn.
2)Avoid teaching too much in one day. This is an easy mistake to make because it’s intertwined with another rule for new teachers: Have high expectations.
3)Don’t teach a lesson without a student activity. Interaction is vital for learning and keeping the students attentive.
4)Avoid making tests too hard. This will make them less enthusiastic about learning from you.
5)Choose your words carefully and speak clearly. Their correct pronunciation and accent will first come from you!

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