I have been working as a teacher nearly 3 years and found out that the key to success is an ability to motivate your students. You can be extremely well-informed teacher but if you do not have a connection with your students, you can only stay a boring speaker who is trying to teach something.
That is to say, I was a private tutor of English and Spanish languages and I have got a lot of students because I was not only a teacher for my students but also a motivator and a friend. Of course, if you decided to become friends with your students you should not forget about your professionalism. First of all, you are a Teacher with a large “T”, so your students must respect you and do not behave like they are in the street with of the same age.
A Teacher with a Large “T”
To be respected by your students, show own example how your knowledge helped you in your life. Children understand many things and if they feel you are not successful in your sphere, they will never get an interest in “what you say”. Tell them how your knowledge changed your worldview and how it improved your life. Make them believe in what you say.
If you want respect from your students, respect each of your students. I saw many teachers who choose favorites and tried to be focused on these students while avoiding other. This is horrible behavior from the teacher’s side. It shows you as a person who does not accept other people. If you are a teacher with a large “T” be ready to accept each student and find their strengths. Each student is exceptional and if you see it exceptionality it will be felt from the student’s side.
Ask Questions and Try to Understand
Each student needs understanding from teacher’s side. You can’t motivate them to do something if you do not try to understand the needs of your student. You may ask such questions to understand your student better: “Do you like this subject?”, “What you like the best in our lessons?”, “Do you like our lessons?”, etc. After student’s responses you will receive more information about this student and will have a psychological picture of this person. After analyzing student’s preferences you will be able to find out what can motivate this student.
Teacher, Friend, Psychologist
As you may see, being a teacher is not only learning the material and telling it to the students. It is hard psychological work. If you want to succeed in teaching career you should be good psychologist. The person who does not only choose favorites in a classroom, but it is someone who can understand each student and give the learning material in the required manner. Being a good teacher means to be a friend and a person who does not only speak but also possess listening skills. Respect your students, and then will respect you.