Most of us can think of at least one teacher who has influenced our lives for the better. As a teacher, you play a pivotal role in shaping the hearts and minds of young people. If you are looking to work in the educational field, you likely want to influence students the same way your teachers influenced you. Here are four tips and tricks for teachers in training.
Hone your skills
You'll want to give your students the skills needed to succeed, but that will only be possible if you can show them that you have those skills. You won't be expected to know everything about everything, but you will need to show that you can confidently teach the lessons and explain things. There might be some things you need to brush up on, which is fine. Just make sure you're up to speed when the school year starts.
There's a very good chance that you'll be doing at least some observation training, in which you spend time in an experienced teacher's classroom, watching them teach the lesson and noticing how they interact with their students. This should be done as mindfully as possible. It's also the perfect opportunity to put yourself in the teacher's shoes. When something occurs (good or bad) ask yourself, "What would I do in this situation?"
Get an advanced degree
To further your education about education and improve your earning potential, an advanced degree is something worth considering. A master's degree in education could open plenty more doors for you and give you a skill set that would be envied by plenty of your colleagues. While you can start teaching without an advanced degree, it's a good idea to look into graduate programs and find one that could work within the boundaries of your schedule.
Don't expect too much from yourself
This is advice that's meant not to be pessimistic, but reassuring. Being a teacher is incredibly demanding and can be stressful. As a teacher in training, you might think that you have to not ever get flustered or frustrated. However, those are just human emotions and experiences. Instead, you should be kind to yourself and realise that even the best teachers have bad days and cherish your best ones.
We hope this has given you a good idea of how to become a great teacher. As an educator, you play a pivotal role in the betterment of society. No matter what obstacles you face, know that you’re making a difference. The students that you teach will one day be shaping the nation, piloting airplanes, designing roller coasters, and so much more. Do everything you can to be a positive part of their path.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family.