Teaching Strategies: 5 Things Successful Educators Do

Good educators know exactly what kind of responsibility it is to teach. It’s not just about passing down knowledge, it’s about shaping scores and scores of beautiful young minds and giving them all you’ve got in order to have them grow and thrive. Here are some of the things successful educators do to bring out the best in their students.


Embrace diversity

Most teachers will tell you straight away that each of their students is a different little person with a unique personality, set of skills and specific needs. However, not all of those teachers will know how to handle that. Those who stand out will accept these differences, own them and turn them into teaching opportunities. Once you realize how to approach every single student in your class and once you figure out the method to teach each of them, you can apply all of those methods into making your teaching time more efficient and more enjoyable to you and your students. Just because a child needs more time or more attention to learn something, doesn’t mean you should ever give up on that child. Observe them, take your time with them and watch them make progress.


Show emotions

A good way to let your students know that they can approach you with anything and that you’re open for any kind of communication with them or their parents is through your behavior. Children will shy away from teachers who are always serious and show no emotion at all. On the other hand, teachers who smile or laugh when something is funny and who isn’t afraid to show other emotions in various classroom situations are usually favored by students, especially the younger ones. So, feel free to smile as much as you want, to have a healthy sense of humor and show your students empathy and understanding. Once they realize you’re as human as they are, they’ll be more likely to come to you with any syllabus-related question, but also with some of their personal problems.


Choose the best study program

A successful educator never stops trying to learn something new and to stay up to date with any changes in their field of study. This provides them with the knowledge necessary to choose the best possible study program for their students. The program should be interesting and fun, but also easily adjustable to the needs and requirements of the students. The private language schools that are aware of this and that take pride in choosing just the right programs for their students usually have the best results. For example, the excellent Monkey Tree ESL programs are tailor-made and include songs and plays to make learning fun and effortless for their students. A good teacher will recognize such programs, choose them for their students and, if necessary, modify it to make it perfect for their exact group of learners.


Take some risks

Some of the best educators out there became outstanding just because they were willing to take risks. It’s not enough just having an idea, it sometimes takes courage to try something new and see if it works. The key is not to be afraid of making a mistake. Even if you make one use it as a teaching moment. It can show your students that mistakes are just as an important part of the learning process as success is. Observing is how children learn, so when they see you trying something innovative and watch you deal with either failing or succeeding, they’ll be less worried and shy about having ideas of their own and turning them into something practical. So, be creative, think outside the box, introduce the latest technology to your teaching process and inspire your students to be as confident and inventive as you.


Set good goals

An educator isn’t successful unless their students are, which is why the most notable educators always start with setting smart goals for their students and themselves. The goals you set should always be high, but never unachievable. They should be a reflection of your belief in your students’ potential and abilities and should encourage them to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and any limits they think they’re bound by. When setting goals for your students, make sure that you include some that can only be achieved with teamwork, so that your students learn the value of cooperation and how to work well with others in order to succeed. Once you do this, all you have to do is show them your support and provide some guidance when needed.

A successful educator never stops building up their knowledge and their skills, but they also know that they can learn as much from their students as the students learn from them.


About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”