I am currently a student in my Sophomore year of highschool, closely coming to my junior year. I have had good teachers and bad ones. Here are my thoughts.
1. Make the lesson fun
The way the mind works is it remembers things that give them something to remember about them. So try to make every lesson interesting. Don’t sit down you class in front of a board and show them a screen and force them to copy notes. Give them an activity to participate in so they are having fun while both remembering the lesson. Yes I understand it can be both stressful and difficult to come up with a different memorable thing for every lesson, but out of my experience, the teachers I learned the most from were those who made the lessons fun.
2. Exaggerate your voice
Sounds weird, however if you talk in the same monotone voice for the entire lesson the brain will begin to tune it out. By surprising the students with a loud noise or shouting a word it will alert them and make them focus back in. You may look stupid but at least you’re keeping your students engaged.
3. Be interesting
Include personal stories you have, it paints you as a human rather than just a teacher, it also makes a lesson more interesting as it can count as a memory to look back on. On top of that, it builds a bond with your students as well, allowing them to trust you more and for those on the border may prompt them to get help that they usually don’t seek.
4. Actually teach!
A student expects to be taught, and I believe that as long as the teacher makes the lesson interesting and the student listens to it and participates, they should not need to study for a test to get a good grade. By putting things on a test that weren’t apart of the lesson and rather putting it online as a homework assignment you are no longer teaching that student, you are no longer doing your job. You are paid to teach students what subject you are apart of. They shouldn’t be the ones teaching themselves.
5. Be a friend, not a teacher
Don’t act like a teacher to a student, try being a friend to them. That doesn’t mean not to teach. It means you should treat your students as humans, and try to be friends with them rather than students. If you are friends with a student then you are their go to adult advice person. Because you’re so well liked it prompts students to do better in your class as well because they don’t want to disappoint you. It has so many advantages rather than not.
This is is what I have learned over my years as a student. There are only 5 because it’s been condensed in what I think are the most important. Feel free to share what you think and what either I can improve about or what teachers can improve on. Tell me if you agree or disagree with my opinions/suggestions and why.