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4 Ways to Improve Your Teaching

With the teaching industry being in constant development, keeping up can be very challenging for some of us. We, as teachers, try to always be more creative, more interesting and more professional in our classrooms. But how does one go about doing this? Hopefully, this article will answer the question.
1. Practice, practice, practice
Now this may sound cliché to you, but believe me, you never do the same activity or apply the same technique twice the same way. Take the way you teach the present continuous tense for example. Every time you came to teach it, you used a different approach. The basics of how you come to teach the lesson may still be the same, but I’m quite positive that you used a different introduction, different questions and different modeling examples. This means that the first time you taught the lesson was fine and you made it work, but the second time, you avoided any confusing examples and came up with an even easier, more comprehensive way to teach your lesson.
Simply put, you develop you ‘currently-available’ skills every time you practice them. And the more you practice, the more skilled you get.
2. Research
There are plenty of books and websites out there about teaching. Any one of them will suffice. And trust me when I tell you this: no matter how much experience you have, you’ll always find something new to learn. Websites such as TEFL.net and Dave’s ESL Café provide a variety of information and services, whether tips about teaching, lesson plans, worksheets or even classroom stories on forums from other teachers from around the globe.
3. Learn from your peers
This is something that I like to do a lot. Whenever I have free time, I coordinate with a colleague of mine to attend his/her class for an hour or so. Try it yourself. You’d be amazed how many new things you can learn in one hour. Every teacher has his/her own unique style in teaching, and it would be in your best interest to learn and use any technique you find useful, interesting or fun. Best case scenario: you learn something new to apply in your coming classes and have fun. Worst case scenario (and I don’t mean to sound demeaning): you learn what to avoid in your coming classes.
4. Use feedbacks to your advantage
Whether from your students or from your supervisors, feedback is useful. If they say positive things, take it as a pat on the back and continue the good work. If they say negative things, don’t be intimidated; learn from your mistakes, and work harder on whatever it is that tackles your performance. The important thing to keep in mind is to never let feedback bug you. After all, no one is perfect, but by practice and hard work, we may come close to being so.

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  yasser wrote @

Worth-reading


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