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How to Be the Best Teacher

The key to being the best is to approach your job with your students' best interests in mind.


  • Step 1: Ask questions by calling on students to answer so that every student, not knowing if you're going to call on them, will try to figure out the answer.
  • Step 2: Demonstrate a clear purpose. Be the best possible teacher by communicating the value of an education and clearly describing the goals that your students need to achieve in order to advance.
  • Step 3: Listen to student opinions, complaints, criticisms, and questions, which will make them feel valued.
  • FACT: A 2006 study reported that 12 percent of teaching-school faculty members had never taught in elementary or secondary schools.
  • Step 4: Allow some fun in your classes by giving students nicknames or playing learning games.
  • Step 5: Love what you teach. Dive into your subject, and understand your material thoroughly so that you can explain theories and concepts in your own words. Let students do the same, and you'll determine if they understand the lesson or not. That's good old-fashioned teaching.
  • TIP: Do one thing at a time so the kids can focus and know what's expected of them.
  • Step 6: Correct misbehavior by suggesting positive choices for better outcomes rather than chiding or berating them. Teachers sometimes interpret as defiance what is only confusion about what is expected and how to behave.
  • TIP: When students are being noisy, quiet them and clearly explain what's expected of them.
  • Step 7: Work on developing an accessible, direct, and personal way of guiding children through school. Kids need a lot of direction, so the more intimate and relaxed you can be in your instructions, the better.

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