Adequately prepare for your lesson.
If you walk in the shoes of the unprepared teacher versus the prepared teacher, no more will have to be said. First let's look in on the unprepared teacher.
The unprepared teacher runs into class, often late.
He fumbles around trying to get his materials collected and is constantly trying to juggle the various tasks. Consequently he finds it difficult to give full attention to the children.
He feels insecure and apprehensive and therefore becomes inflexible.
As a result he tends to respond to the slightest hint of misbehavior with a raised voice and demand for instant obedience.
It is difficult for him to discern what can be ignored and what demands attention.
By the end of the session he is at his wit's end.
He leaves discouraged, wondering what went wrong.
Now let's consider what the prepared teacher may experience.
The prepared teacher gets to church in plenty of time to gather his materials together and be ready to warmly greet students as they arrive.Share This with Others:
Because he knows where he is headed with the lesson, he is able to turn the unexpected into teachable moments.
He is at ease and flexible and can actually listen to what the students say.
He enjoys his students, and is able to joke around with them at appropriate times.
He is able to focus on relating with the learners rather than on what he is supposed to do next. Students thrive on personal attention and therefore usually cooperate with him.
He notices what is going on in the classroom, almost as though he has "eyes in the back of his head." Consequently he prevents many behavioral problems.
He leaves at the end of class feeling pretty good about what just happened.
(Last updated 4/01/15)
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Read more tips in the Handbook on the Basics of Classroom Discipline.
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