Educating. It's an art in itself. There's a very rewarding feeling when we successfully demonstrated a concept. I should know, as I worked as a Computer Trainer at a Center for Disabled Individuals. That Center has made an impact on my life, as I personally have a couple of disabilities on the Autism Spectrum: High-Functioning Autism, and Asperger's Syndrome, and I know how slowly I grasp some concepts, whereas I grasp other concepts more rapidly. Sometimes, to increase the potential to learn new things, I develop a little system of tricks. My primary learning style is visual. However, a very close second one is hands-on. This does NOT indicate that I "don't learn". What this is indicative of is, I learn differently than people who learn verbally.
However, that's enough about me. We're here because, let's face it. Sometimes, even the best educator can hit a wall in their careers. Or, in the case of an educator who is training to pursue the productive art of educating people, might be nervous, and that is normal. I can say this with absolute certainty: it isn't just a thing of saying "Do this, do that", and think that is the way to teach, nor is it the only way to teach, if it is a way. Let's say that you have to demonstrate to people how to swim. It depends on their skill level, first of all. Secondly, that is a type of class where there will be a lot of hands-on learning. For example, if you're teaching a level 4 class, it'll be safe to know that your students know the basics of swimming by now. If you're going to teach how to do a back stroke, ok, sure, you might have to verbally iterate the steps for the proper technique. However, to further solidify your students' learning experience, you obviously have to perform the technique yourself, and encourage your class to do the same thing.
Also, if someone is having a hard time replicating the steps perfectly, that's a perfect time to guide them on how to properly perform the technique. In the event that you do
have to show the student that doesn't grasp the technique unless taught hands-on, does that
merit berating them, putting them down, or telling them that they "don't learn"? No. It doesn't. Any
teacher who utilizes that sort of misconduct should be ashamed for life, as that sort of treatment due to a simple different learning style, is definitely in the wrong. If the student truly doesn't learn, perhaps try evaluating the way you teach
, rather than putting down your student. Nobody is perfect, and that includes teachers. We sometimes are all convinced that the fashion that we teach is the one, true, foolproof way to teach. However, there are different learning styles
, and, like I mentioned earlier, I learn visually and hands-on. I still do learn verbally, but, to grasp a concept whilst being taught verbally, that is a challenge, as that is not
my primary learning style. So, let's say that I am a student at a college, and I have two primary professors. The first one, let's say, uses diagrams, screenshots, and even performs the steps during the class, so students can learn. That professor is teaching to people in a wide array of learning styles, so to minimize the amount of students not learning everything in one go. Sometimes, the students may still have a question, and that's all right. Let them ask questions. Let them voice what part of the lesson that doesn't make sense to them. Perhaps, they might have a technique that you might not know of, and it can be more efficient. Remember, nobody is perfect. So, if a fresh new concept on how to do the same thing pops up, maybe have an open mind, and see if your student's approach is more efficient. It might be. Or, it might not be. Now, let's say that the other professor just gets the class to simply read through a book, and not really have any other sort of teaching material. It might seem logical to you, but, to the class, it might be trickier to learn. If that
would be my
teaching style, I think I wouldn't have made my employer happy when I did work at the Center. Just saying.
- Encourage students to ask questions.
- Be patient with students. Not everyone learns at the same speed!
- Be encouraging.
- Be reasonable with your expectations. For example, if you want to teach your class a complicated concept, it'll obviously take more time. As such, it would be rather unjust to give them a test in a short time span.
- Put down your students for learning at different speeds.
- Mock any student.
- Trivialize a student's curiosity.
- Let personal drama influence your performance at work. Either go and teach with a positive attitude, or, if you have personal days available, take a few to recuperate.
In all honesty, I respect teachers for what they do, and I have one last tip for anyone who wants to teach: Never stop learning. There are new concepts, everyday, and it is always essential to keep up to date. Any technique that is outdated might still be useful, but, might be replaced by a newer approach. All in all, I hope you have learned something new, and, if you have, feel free to share it in the Comments, if you like.
Have a great day!