Tips for Teaching Children: Part Two

Welcome back! In my last post, I offered some real-world advice on how to handle students in the classroom, as you can read here. In this post, I will be continuing to give insight into the world of teaching.

Transitioning from reading to play time can be a challenge for many teachers. (photo by woodleywonderworks)

Tip Four:¬†Don’t Focus Too Much On Accuracy

Now, some of you might be confused as to how you could grade students based on anything other than accuracy. Please note that this is for the teachers of the younger children. Between the ages of three and five, to be specific. I don’t mean to disregard when they are not accurate. Instead, try to mediate between accuracy and self-confidence. The students in your classrooms may be too shy or scared that they will be incorrect, thus, unwilling to socially interact and participate in classroom discussions. To offer solace and comfort to your students, first, give them the opportunity to think for themselves and get it wrong, then, count accuracy.

Even in high school, the things that I don’t understand are the things that I end up remembering the most. The same concept is presented to teachers with their young students.

Tip Five: Transition Periods Are Necessary Goods

Have you ever tried to have your students transition from say, reading time to outside time? It is not fun and is, for lack of a better word, chaotic. When something is offered to children that is “funner,” they will take it in an instant. To make the transition period between work and fun easier, I make games out of the transition. For example, in a play setting, we will play “Clean Up.” Below are the detailed instructions. (By the way, this is also a good method of getting your kids to clean their rooms too, as shown number three in this article!)

For the week, the students should be already set up with their “teams.” This offers opportunity to develop friendships as well as learn how to interact in a social environment. Each team will have a box (if the transition is from play to something else) and the team to gather the most items in their cleaning box will each win something out of the prize box. Granted, children have little hands and little bodies and cannot carry much, but once the operational definitions have been provided, they should be able to figure out what to do.

This makes it much simpler to leave the classroom as everything should be tidier. You will save time coming back into the classroom and the students will hopefully be calm enough to learn and pay attention. Plus it is less work for you at the expense of having to restock the prize box!

Regardless of how you teach, what tips you use, or even what your students are like, as long as you are teaching them to the best of your ability and they’re receiving an education, it’s a job well done. Teaching is hard work. There is no other way around it. Be mentally prepared to handle the best and the worst. Remember, not everybody can do the job that you do. With that being said, with the festive aura of Thanksgiving, thank you for teaching our nation’s children. To enhance the thanksgiving, here‘s a poem to all of you teachers.

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