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The 7 Habits in Teaching

The 7 Habits in Teaching

Teachers are not made; they are born– goes a popular saying. The innumerable teacher degrees, diplomas awarded to millions of teachers worldwide do not still make a teacher.

A reading of Stephen Covey’s ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People prompted me to list down the 7 healthy habits of effective teachers. Having been a preceptor for a decennium and a moiety and having been on the interview Panel for half a decennium, I had the delectation of meeting excellent, mediocre, average, poor teachers – of all sizes and shapes. What makes a good teacher has always remained a perennial question unanswered. The Seven Habits listed below are in a nutshell some of the major requirements for a teacher. Let’s look at them!

The 7 Habits in Teaching

Synergize: Spiritual Commitment

Every educated adult who walks into a classroom as a ‘teacher’ need not be highly knowledgeable, but the job requires a spiritual commitment to the welfare of students. This single character in a person qualifies one to become a teacher. A commitment hundred percent to the benefit of students, a commitment that every minute spent with students is for them to learn, a commitment that the person stands for the highest, the noblest in ideals – makes one a teacher. Let all your energies interact with the fulfillment of these ideals.

Be Proactive: Communication skills

This one quality cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen neither from a book nor from anyone in perhaps one of the most essential traits required of a teacher. A teacher has to have vigorous communication skills, pitch modulation, and toning, a good sense of intonation. With a good strong voice, the teacher should be able to reach every student in the class. A variation in the pitch and tone would make the class vibrant, and omit any monotonous trills and drills if any. Humor is also very important and so are personal anecdotes that break the mundane routine of teaching and make the teacher come alive in the classroom.

Begin with the end in mind

All teachers plan, write lesson plans and plan for a series of lectures to complete the lesson. Teachers should aim for a constructive or active learning environment in the class… Keep the aim in mind, the outline, the lecture notes, homework schedule, problems, and activities necessary before you enter the class. Reinvent new teaching methods. Bring in real-life examples into the classroom so that students feel connected.

Put things front: priorities issues

Many edifiers repine that they are tired by the time they peregrinate to school and are equipollent a haggard at school and home. Teachers need to learn to prioritize issues on a circadian substratum. The given time is less and the work to be done gargantuan. Good planning and prioritizing help a long way in the completion of tasks.

Think win-win

Edifiers have to engender a Win-Win situation when they avail students to discover the answers rather than spoon-alimenting them with information. Use the ‘n’ number of tools – multimedia presentation, software, videos, and education software so on to make teaching effective. Also, remember to maintain a Win-Win situation with students – give respect and take respect. Students understand you if you treat them as equals. At any point of teaching, go down to their level and find students responding to you more and more

Read more and more

This is a habit of continuous improvement. A teacher who does not read, keep herself abreast of the changes taking place in the world, is not in the touch with the recent developments will not be accepted by students readily. Endeavor to broaden your Perspective, read more and more, relate to the present and find your children relaxing and relishing.

Practice what you preach

In simple words, it goes without saying “practice what you preach”. Children respect teachers who come to class on time, come prepared to class, and give assignments with sufficient time to complete them. Never criticize in public, if required a gentle and subtle way of reprimanding to be used. Develop different learning Styles as there is an amalgamation of students with different bits of intelligence in the class. Perhaps, adopting the MI would work.

All the 7 Habits in teaching listed above would become more effective if teachers go “The Extra Mile”. It means teachers have to take time to meet students outside the classrooms, involve and share with the student’s failures and successes. Students should ken that they can come to the preceptor to verbalize. Teachers should be turned to the child’s educational psychological and emotional needs. Discipline your students but be disciplined yourself. Learn to ‘care, share, and love’: You are a ‘Teacher’.

By Jyothi Turaga