Our tips to become a teacher that students listen to
Close your eyes, stay a few minutes in complete silence and try to remember your teachers, focusing on a particular teacher who left you with something important.
Do it now!
Obviously no one can read your mind, but it is quite certain that this particular teacher possessed the so-called “art of seduction”. They probably knew how to communicate with and encourage the students, they could get the pupils involved and engaged, they were ready to show some of their weaknesses without the fear of losing authority. They were able to establish mutual trust between them and the students. But how is it done? What are the actions a teacher can take to be heard and appreciated?
Here are three simple suggestions for you!
Become an accomplice and do it convincingly and with credibility.
This does not mean that you have to become best friends with your students, but you should not come across as someone who knows everything, who is at a higher level, who speaks from behind the chair. Do research with them, use their language code, listen instead of giving answers, ask them for advice, put yourself first in learning situations.
Pay attention to the way you communicate.
As you know it well, not only counts what you say, but how you say it, the non-verbal language is just as important as the words you use. While carrying out an activity in the class, try to “stop” and see your posture from the point of view of others.
Have empathy and understanding.
If you would like to have a positive and proactive relationship with your students, abandon all pre-printed, pre-set, pre-decided patterns. Group dynamics influence the behavior of the individuals and they keep changing nonstop. You need to observe these group dynamics and act accordingly. Try to decode and understand the “messages” coming from the pupils, which is based on your ability to have some empathy. Try to adjust your behavior to each class, speak as they speak, move as they move.
As the children grow we expect them to be able to understand us and to be able to decode OUR language. But think about for a moment how good we all are with small children: we crawl, grumble, we tolerate bites, hair pulling, we dress up as prince and princess and superheroes. Why can’t we do the same with older kids? Why can’t we just adopt our behavior to the level of the teenagers? Why don’t we decode the messages and language of THEIR communications?