The time I had after completing my A-levels and the beginning of university life also known as holidays has allowed me to try various jobs. The first one being a supervisor in a food processing factory, a waitress, a photographer and finally a teacher.
As May ended, my previous high school offered me an internship. I seized the opportunity. During these months, I found myself on the other side of the classroom. I was able to understand my teachers better, was able to see through their eyes and develop a closer relationship with them.
A teacher’s day start on the eve. Classes have to be prepared based on objectives to be achieved. While preparing these objectives, you have to keep in mind the class ability to assimilate. The lesson thereby have to be broken down into small bits and pieces.
If you are new to this profession, it is possible that you might have to do all of the exercises you are planning to give as classwork or homework. This is for your own benefit and that of the class, since you will be able to see problem areas and answer their questions. Also, this gives the child a feeling of trust. They will not have to doubt or question your teaching.
Once you’ve done the theoretical part of teaching, the hardest part comes through. The delivery. Delivering the lesson might seem easy to the untrained teacher. But for someone who has been teaching for a long time, he actually know how tough this can be. How do you put into simple terms all the difficult stuffs you have learnt. How do you make sure what you are saying does not sound like gibberish to a class of 32 students. This takes a lot of preparation. It is also something which only experience can bring forth.
On the next day, you enter the class with full-fledged confidence. You are ready to deliver. The class starts off smoothly yet there is the fear of reprisal from students whom you failed to catch their attention. You henceforth try your best to make the class as interesting as possible. You use real life examples, make jokes all while staying within the context of the lesson. Sometimes, this might work. Sometimes it does not and some of them are able to get through the net.
There are two options at this point, either you ignore or you stop the class and start bragging about respect, discipline and good behaviour. If you ignore, there are chances that the students will do it again. If you ‘brag’; let’s call it this way since neither you nor the students want this; you are losing precious time and might have put pressure on them so as to finish the scheme of work. A good teacher knows how to balance those two and motivate his students despite being hard on them.
Most of classes end with classwork if you have been able to manage your time properly. Classwork help you to assess you teaching. It is also when most students come up with questions which might signal some flaws or misunderstandings during the delivery. If you have failed to manage your time properly, chances are you will be giving homework instead.
Throughout your classes, it is important to keep a balance between working and relaxation so that the children do not feel to much pressure on them. By doing this you also give them a reason to look forward to being in your classroom and they begin to like the subject.
Teaching, is a way to shape the future generation, you get to instil values and ideas into young seeds. You become a mentor and role model to children thereby, the time spent in a class have to be used wisely. I enjoyed teaching, creating bonds with students yet, this is not made for me I believe. Because teaching is more than a job. It is something which requires a calling and a deep unconditional love for both your students and the profession.
Until next time,