Developing Your Classroom Presence
There is no one correct way of being a successful teacher. What works for one teacher may not work for another. But there are some general pointers that can help you build a presence in your classroom that will make students want to learn from you.
Establish yourself as a leader. A key ingredient to being a successful teacher is being a leader. You need to be the one in charge: setting the example and directing the class. You need to be somebody your students can look up to and want to follow. This doesn’t mean being a dictator; it means being clear, concise, and organized. Keep your classroom clean and organized. Establish and maintain clear boundaries. You need to set clear rules for behavior in your classroom. This doesn’t mean being strict, but it does mean enforcing rules consistently. And be sure to communicate these rules to your students. Make your classroom a warm and welcoming place. It’s important for students to feel comfortable coming to your class. Make sure your classroom is clean, well-lit, and stocked with resources that will help your students learn. And make sure you are friendly and approachable. Be passionate about teaching. What you bring to the classroom – your enthusiasm, your knowledge, and your passion – will show in your students’ performance. Be willing to learn. One of the most important ingredients to being a successful teacher your willingness to learn by constantly upgrading your knowledge about teaching and learning methods. And be open to changing your approach to teaching based on what you learn.
These are just a few tips to help you develop a classroom presence that will help your students learn.