If you were to ask a struggling child for an instruction manual to create the perfect teacher, what would it include? It seems that some teachers are easier to learn from than others.
If you are a teacher, this list might help you and if you’re a parent or a student, why not give this list to your teacher at the beginning of this term?
Here are 19 instructions for my teacher
- At the start of the lesson, be clear about what you want us to do.
- Don’t give too many instructions too fast.
- Show us how to do something as well as tell us. Use pictures and learning materials – these make it easier to understand.
- Be prepared to repeat the instructions.
- Teach the basics without rambling on about other things.
- Show enthusiasm for your subject.
- Let us ask questions to check that we are doing it right.
- Proactively check if we are doing it right.
- Smile when we ask for help – explain it again and do at least two examples with us.
- Write key information neatly and clearly – preferably on a whiteboard or give us a hand-out.
- Leave instructions/spellings etc. on the board for a long time.
- Help us when we get stuck.
- Be patient with our mistakes and when we need help.
- Be nice to us – please don’t shout when we get it wrong.
- Number lines at both ends – using colour can also be helpful.
- Prepare notes to minimise copying from the board.
- Allow us to make audio recordings of the homework instructions or put audio on the school website.
- Accept and encourage work to be presented in different formats – audio, webcam, audio responses, PowerPoints, video, diagrammatically.
- Create a peaceful environment in the class.