Last week, I attended a session of Mr. Abbas Hussain who is Director for Teachers Development Centre, Karachi about “ART OF TELLING STORIES”. Indeed, a great man :)
I wonder if there was any specific art described by speaker :O but there were tips which, as a teacher, I feel are interesting, affordable, tricky & magical. And, I would love to share them with so many teachers out there.
1. You must be using a white board, right? So, why are using it like a black board? :O Use different color of markers instead of one horrible black or blue. Write a word with one colored marker and underline/circle it with different color to highlight its importance.
2. Teachers and parents usually complain: “Students have become so naughty. They are so rude. We used to be so good. We never said, no to our teachers and parents. Nowadays, students reply so bluntly …. “
The issue is “RESPECT has been REDEFINED”. For example, In case, we go to class without any preparation. How many of us speak the truth? How many of us tell our students that we have not prepared. Well, the tip is, Speak the truth else it would be “aik din Geo key saath” program :P
Dear, let them realize that you are there to serve them and once, students realize that they will surely give you the respect, you want. REMEMBER that!
3. We are living in 2013 and students we teach will actually live in 2023. So, students “SEEK a PURPOSE & PASSION”. Probably, some of them might not. But, whatever you teach them, give them a reason for that.
4. So, students “READ LESS”
Teachers need to be Role model as a READER.
The dilemma is, we have not set our priorities well. Want to know how?
Choose one: Book worth 1200 Rs. OR Burger worth 1200 Rs. ??? I know your answer and you must have got my answer for how :P
Let me share 3 laws of reading:
a. Turn all your waiting time into reading time. E,g: waiting for the dentist, CNG line :P That means, always carry a book with you :)
b. Read the first 100 pages within 24 hours (for fiction). That means, start that book when you have time. It can be any weekend.
c. Read a vast variety. As you like to have diverse food, try to read different books.
Not enough?? Let me add one more..Dont interrupt your reading with dictionary boss.
Along with this, speaker tried to involve participants using various techniques. For Example:
-> Students whose name start with letter “B” stand up. They would read the 4 points written on white board.
-> Ask one student to stand up, read first line on white board and let him call name of another student to read next line and so on.
So, dear teachers! Enjoy your teaching job. If you would not enjoy your job, why would anybody else (students) have any interest in it? :O
Last but not the least:
remember that we are DIGITAL NATIVES but students are DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS.
HAPPY TEACHING :D
Dont forget to share your tips in comments.