Being a good teacher involves having a variety of skills, from being able to connect with students to classroom management, organization, understanding learning styles, providing engaging activities, and much more. When all of these things come together, they can create a fun and effective learning atmosphere. One of the most rewarding parts of teaching is connecting with the students. It's not as difficult as it might sound. Trust can be slowly built by engaging students in simple small talk and remembering what they say. It's also important to have a positive attitude in the classroom. Classroom management is another big concern, especially for newer teachers. It's impossible to facilitate learning when there is constant disruptive behaviour. There is a fine line, though, between being too permissive and overly authoritarian. Although just because some of them may know what they want out of a career, doesn't mean that they know how to act in the "new" classroom where the shift has gone from teaching to learning. The adult learner's previous experience was probably teacher-directed and now we are expecting them do much more of the learning themselves. The "new" classroom strategies consist of active learning and cooperative learning activities, which may need to be explained to adult learners because this is not the way they are used to learning. Therefore, as an instructor, minimize competition and increase cooperation to promote student success.
Vijaya Supriya Ch., Loyola College, India
Stream: Language Learning
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