For those of you who actually care about your students and the education you are providing for them, here are 3 simple things you can try that have helped me become a more effective teacher.
Write on the side of the white board today’s lesson schedule.
(e.g. 1:00-1:30 Text Book, 1:30-1:35 break, 1:35-2:00 Science) If my boss comes in my class this technique makes me look somewhat professional, it helps me stay on schedule, and it helps the students anticipate what the day has in store for them.
For very young classes, use a puppet for teaching simple conversations.
I have a conversation with a monkey hand-puppet. Then I have the children play the role of me and they talk to the puppet (me). Finally the students have the conversation in pairs. This visual tool engages children who become bored in class and it is fun because you can develop a puppet personality (e.g. Sally the silly Snake).
If young students start to lose focus or are being wild simply say, “Hands on your head.”
The first kid to put their hands on their head gets one point/sticker/piece of candy and/or the last student loses a point/has to do something slightly unpleasant. Then say, “Hands on your feet. Hands on your knees.” Then resume your lesson.
Please contribute 3 simple things that you have discovered over your teaching career that have helped improve your teaching style.