Its been 8 years since I ventured into the profession of teaching. My learnings have been many.
Learning 1. Nobody can teach you how to teach. You can attend a course, learn about the learning styles or the psychology of learning and attend all the Train the Teacher classes. But nothing can prepare you for what to experience in real classroom environment. As the saying goes ” you have to jump in the water to learn how to swim”.
Learning 2: It ia important to support your students after class. A good teacher always teaches. Teachers are selfless human beings with lot of patience. If your objective ia to teach, then you have to selfish enough to ensure everyone learns.
Learning 3 : Not everyone can be the best student. You need to be there to encourage the slackers. It is important that you dont give up on them.
Learning 4: A lesson can be taught in many ways. It is important to make it interesting for the teacher and the student. The main objective of any teacher shoukd be to ensure that the student is able to understand and recall the lesson when needed.
Lesson 5: When you start getting tired of teaching or having rough day, please remember why did you choose the profession. It was to help others.