The journey to become better than just a good teacher starts by having a sound knowledge and an ability to communicate that knowledge to the students.
Before you get started with your career as an adult teacher, you would require the necessary education and also a certificate that qualifies you to train others. From there on, it will all be about slowly accumulating experience in your journey to excel in your role as you understand better the methodology of teaching and also the psyche involved in teaching various students. To get you started on the right path, below are a few of the tips that experienced teachers have often recommended:
Thoroughly learn what you study
You need to be brilliant as a student before you can think of becoming a brilliant teacher. Learn everything you study by heart and try to research your subjects thoroughly at university and also take time out to familiarise yourself with other topics. To have a better perspective in life, you would need all the knowledge you can get.
A curious mind is a healthy mind. Start by taking interest in anything that you may feel curious about. Try to do research, ask many questions and find relevant answers. Brilliant teachers are always avid as learners and they also keep their mind open to fresh thoughts and ideas, wherever they may come from!
Respect begets respect. If you are going to stick to your own notions of right and wrong without giving it a fair thought, you’d come off as disrespectful and a hard-liner. You should be able to understand every student’s way of learning things and by doing that you would be able to teach them at a level they are comfortable. Always respect everyone’s views and perspectives. Also, diversity could lead to different set of opinions, however, with an open mind you’d be able to comprehend it better and be brilliant.
You can’t think of becoming a teacher, let alone a brilliant one without the quality of patience. You could easily be witness to a heated argument between students or between the students and you. Staying calm and knowing how to turn down the heat are almost essential requirements of the job.
Preach only what you follow
You would be looked up as a role model by your students, so take your own advice and do things the right way.
Understand the art of communication
When you are teaching, you can’t just give a speech and walk out. Communication is a two way process and you need to answer to the curiosities of your students. Try listening to them so you can understand them before answering their questions.
Don’t bore with uni dimensional lectures
You can’t just teach and not challenge the trainees’ minds. If you don’t, you’ll not be able to spark their interest in that subject. Think creatively and look for more enjoyable means of teaching such as by giving real life examples and organising workshops.
Keep your audience together
You many not be a street performer or a leader, but you still preside over an audience. You would need to keep them amused throughout the duration of your act (lecture), for them to keep their eyes and ears on you. Many brilliant adult teachers employ emotions and humour to their advantage.
Passion is the key
If you are not passionate about your job, you will not be able to teach others with passion. Start enjoying the challenges and take it all in your stride as you teach every new batch of students.
Inspire by example
More often than not, brilliant teachers are not just remembered for how they teach, instead they are respected as individuals. Because their students find their passion and dedication interesting, they feel inspired to learn from such teachers.