No teacher has a magic wand to make students produce good results. It’s all about human psychology. By just following a few simple steps, any teacher can be able to make his/her class productive. Students especially the younger ones require a lot of attention and once a teacher manages to equally distribute that attention, most of the work is already done. Having a master’s degree from Harvard does not make you a good teacher. An educated person with no teaching skills is of no use to the world of education. Students of today are well aware about all the happenings around them and even in outer space. The internet has already made most of the work easy for them therefore; teachers need to start thinking out of the box.
In today’s world, most of the students may already know about the things that you are trying to telling them in class. Teachers need to provide students with the same information in a different way. Once a student starts to get bored, his/her attention span will start to go down resulting in bad grades after monthly assessments.
Following are a few points that may help teachers increase student productivity:
Never Start a Lecture Right Away
Always remember that students are not only taking your class. They have to go through multiple lectures on a daily basis. You need to put some life in them before starting with your academic routine. A little socializing, asking a few personal questions and making students laugh for a while is always a good start. Once you’ve put a smile at everyone’s face, you might be able to give an enjoyable learning experience to them.
Avoid Too Many Restrictions
Pretending to be someone you are actually not, does not work anymore. As it is mentioned above, students are well-aware about themselves and everything else in this world. They know how to talk back and take revenge from you in the form of bad grades. Allowing students to go out for a walk or letting them share books or drink water every now and then is good for maintaining a healthy classroom environment.
Know the Strengths and Weaknesses of All Students
Every student is different from the other one. All of them have different temperaments and weaknesses. Even if a student fails a test, it is important to find the reason. Sometimes a student may be afraid or lazy to ask for solutions. Helping students when they are not performing well and appreciating them when they do good, is very important.
Weekly or Monthly Assessments
Once you’re sure that you have covered all the required topics in time, try assessing the class. You can make the testing part interesting by taking game-like quizzes or interacting with students via internet chat groups. This will help locate the weak and strong areas of every single student allowing you to focus on those areas before final examination.
Every single student has the capability to become an A grade student. Even the slow learners of yesterday are doctors and engineers of today. A teacher should never underestimate the capabilities of a student. Just be determined and never lose focus and you will be able to increase student productivity.