How Can Teachers Help Their Students Achieve Success?
Updated on October 18, 2021 | by Zayn Tindall
As educators, our number one priority should be to help our students achieve success. Success may mean different things for different students. For some, it will be improving their academic achievement, for others success will be gaining more confidence and for yet other students, success could mean an increase in engagement in the class. Regardless of what students need, or how they perceive success, an educator can help each of their students in truly maximizing their potential.
In this day and age, when education systems across the world are becoming rapidly digitalized and equipped with hi-tech teaching and learning tools, there are a variety of methods which a teacher can employ in order to help their students succeed. Nowadays, online teaching has become the preferred mode of education, across the globe.
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Especially since the coronavirus pandemic, when schools and college campuses were shut down, locking millions of students and teachers across the globe, out of the classroom, and then traditional offline classrooms have been substituted by online live classes apps. Whether teaching in a traditional offline classroom or an online class, here are a number of things that any educator can do, to guide their students towards success.
Manage Your Expectations-
Growth happens when we are put under a certain amount of stress and expectations. As teachers, we must set high expectations for each student, regardless of their previous performance. Moreover, they must let the students know about their expectations of them, right off the bat. However, teachers must also be careful to monitor a student’s behavior and help them in managing their expectations in times of distress. It is often advised to set realistic expectations. You could go down that road, but chances are that it will not be as effective in getting the best possible performance out of your students. Your students are in a phase of their lives when they are still exploring themselves and are unsure about their talents and capabilities. The best thing you can do for them is setting a high standard for them to follow which will make them work hard for achieving those standards and even if they fail, they will be much further ahead than where they would have been, had the standards set for them been lower, to begin with.
Cultivate an Active Learning Environment-
In traditional classrooms, where students are not expected to do much else beyond listening to and dutifully following the teacher’s instructions. They are not much involved in their learning process and are just taking in all the information. Needless to say, the knowledge imparted to students using such passive teaching methods, is not retained for long, on its own. On the other hand, cultivating an active learning culture in the classroom, which is where the student’s participation in their own teaching is encouraged, is quite effective in driving up student engagement and learning outcomes in your class. An active learning environment, will not just help your students achieve academic success, but it also helps in the growth of confidence, communication skills, teamwork, and critical thinking skills in the students. The teachers can take care of this in the phases of teaching.
Show That You Care-
There is a time to be strict and there is a time to show care and affection to your students. You must try to reach out to each student and ask them about how this year is going for them, their plans for the upcoming holidays or weekend, if there is something on their mind related to school or otherwise, and likewise. Maintaining healthy communication and showing your caring side to the students can do wonders for them and improve their academic performance.
Each student is unique and so are their learning needs. Some students learn better from listening, others through visual stimulus and yet others might prefer textual content. In order, to get the best out of their students, an educator needs to personalize their teaching approach. Nowadays, there are many ed-tech tools that can be put to use in order to truly personalize your teaching.
Teachers have the responsibility of developing the most valuable resources of a country’s future. To that end, they must be especially considerate about each aspect of their teaching. We hope that the tips mentioned in this article prove helpful for all the educators out there who truly want to help their students achieve success.