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75 Ways to Improve your teaching without really trying

75 Ways to Improve your teaching without really trying 

We’ve put together a list of the best ways you can improve your day to day teaching and overall mindset. Our aim is to make learning for students as easy as possible, whilst also making it as informative as possible along the way. Teachers are the most influential figures in a child’s academic life, so use this advantage and have a positive impact.

 

1)      Meet and greet your students at the start of every lesson

2)      Offer jobs to the students, such as handing out worksheets, glue, etc

3)      Help students to plan and accomplish their personal goals

4)      Make yourself available to students

5)      Incorporate online classroom games such as Kahoot

6)      Ask for feedback from the students at the end of each lesson

7)      E-mail parents/guardians with praise to the student

8)      Talk about topics that interest your class

9)      Give students time to reflect on goals and progress

10)   Help develop the student’s technology skills by incorporating technology with your teaching

11)   Reward your students after exams with a film, food & drink

12)   Set class goals and monitor progress

13)   Allow time for one-on-ones, where you and your students can discuss their progress with their goals

14)   Establish routines for your class

15)   Allow students to express their creativity with projects

16)   Allow students time to read their own books

17)   Hold a short class where students teach the rest of the class about a topic they’re an expert on

18)   Establish different groups/teams within the class so students feel a part of a group

19)   Be competitive in inter-class competitions

20)   Normalise and celebrate differences among your students

21)   Have a motivational quote on the wall. This can be changed each week

22)   Have a ‘Word of the Week’ where there is an unfamiliar and unusual word and its definition written on the wall. Reward students who use the word in their writing and speaking

23)   Carry spare face masks for students who may forget theirs

24)   Make sure students are on task during online learning

25)   Ask students to repeat important information back to you

26)   Never mark books or exams the night before hand-out. Proceed to mark 4-6 books every day, instead of cramming all 30 in one night

27)   Show pupils you care

28)   Teach the importance of mental health

29)   Make sure students tidy up after themselves at the end of the day

30)   Teach with a smile

31)   Encourage art within the classroom – Some students express themselves better with art!

32)   Be in the classroom before your students arrive

33)   Always call out bad behaviour. If you ignore it, you condone it

34)   Play music whilst the students work

35)   Make your academic and behaviour expectations clear

36)   Incorporate a lot of non-verbal communication such as the trusty thumbs up

37)   Teach study skills not just in exam season, but all year round

38)   End and send your students at the end of every lesson

39)   Never be too short on gluesticks, rubbers, etc

40)   Communicate with the cover teachers that cover the lessons you cannot attend

41)   Be interested in the class’s well-being

42)   Encourage microphones and cameras to be on during online learning

43)   Regularly assign interesting projects to the students to help them work at home

44)   Assign tasks to students that require them to do research

45)   Plan your lessons

46)   Share test scores with the students’ parents/guardians

47)   Encourage sport and exercise (NOT in the classroom)

48)   Take them outside for some fresh air and to loosen up

49)   Help develop the student’s teamwork skills by incorporating group work with your teaching

50)   Let students decide how they want to learn something, whether it’s on the laptop or on paper. Remember, every student doesn’t have the same preferred learning style as each other

51)   Encourage a growth mindset to the students

52)   Encourage willingness to take on new challenges

53)   Be flexible. Be able to teach in many different ways, and technology development over the years has allowed us to do so

54)   Share personal experiences so they get to know you more

55)   Allow them to share their personal experiences with you

56)   Ask them about their aspirations

57)   Use various different types of technology (Laptops, tablets, smartphones)

58)   Build the student’s confidence by praising them

59)   Discover new things together. This includes watching videos or reading informational texts

60)   Watch motivational videos

61)   Communicate with colleagues. Discuss good practices and learning techniques

62)   Use props to teach certain topics. This might be more helpful than just saying it

63)   Have a more positive tone when teaching. Students tend to listen more

64)   Allow the students to have breaks after a long period of writing and learning

65)   Take a break yourself. Teaching can be exhausting at times so breaks are super important

66)   Display students’ work to the rest of the class. This will help set a good model for the other students, and also build confidence in the student whose work you’re presenting

67)   Let the students take over

68)   Dress up

69)   Dress down

70)   Incorporate one of your hobbies into teaching

71)   Let the students regularly have a say in group decisions

72)   Take the students on a study retreat

73)   Pump some energy into the first and last 5 minutes of every lesson

74)   Create a competition and buy a reasonably decent prize

75)   And finally, have fun. Students hate boring lessons, do by making your lessons fun, students will look forward to coming to them