Teachers usually become stressed-out at the end of the year, when the workload is immense, and they need to cope with tests elaboration, on-time students’ assessment, records and reports. A tired teacher with no spark in the eyes is a simple way of things in the classroom, and there should be some strategies to avoid it. Here are some tips on what not to do in order to stay calm and peaceful. Of, course, one can do yoga, yet there are some more things to be considered.
Do All Your Work at Work
Teachers got used to work at school and bring the rest home. Although, a teacher’s working day may be considered as a half of the day, that is not really so, as there should be time for lessons preparation and tests assessment. That’s why it is necessary to finish all the work at school without bringing it home. Then a person does not have a feeling that he/she is home, and at least for some hours the work is left behind. Summer break is also the time to rest, not to plan lessons and searching for material for the next year.
Collaborate with Other Colleagues Effectively
Collaborate with other colleagues and share materials and ideas with each other. That is what comes in handy when you run out of ideas and sources to find material to diversify lessons and make them absolutely enticing for students. Reciprocal visiting of classes helps consider teacher’s mistakes and look at oneself sideways. A professional teacher should take any critics positively, so that is a background for growth.
Plan lessons in a way it could be interesting for you first, and students, so they will be inspired to learn and feel more positive energy. Also, a variety in lessons boosts students’ productivity and academic progress.
A Kind Reminder
Sometimes teachers should remind themselves about the reasons of the teaching profession, why they chose it and what positive facets make them improve and come to work every day. For example, a simple everyday face-to-face communication can’t but be pleasant for extroverts, and any creativity during lessons is a driving force for teachers.
Difficult Student Behaviour
There are students who do not like learning and are not motivated to study at all. That’s why they always try to disrupt discipline. The good news is such students exist in every classroom and there are strategies every teacher should know to cope with complicated situations.
In order to feel toned, a teacher should keep the balance at work. Working too much and considering all the factors to please everyone may have nothing, but a negative impact on a teacher that will constantly feel stressed. The best way out is to have more short breaks and not to accumulate all the fatigue.
Teacher evaluation is necessary due to the obvious fact that teacher’s personality and ability to teach in a professional manner significantly influence on students’ solid knowledge and attitude to study in general. A learning process is not about a person who gives nothing, but a naked outline of information. A great teacher inspires, helps and elicits from the students’ knowledge and deep understanding of facts and many other processes. The main purpose of teacher assessment is a formation of professionals who may change the future of education.
Current teacher assessment is aimed at fostering teacher constant professional development. Ongoing formative assessment is more diagnostic. It helps to reveal strengths and weaknesses of every teacher, their performance, and possible mistakes. It will give nothing but teachers’ growth and improved practical skills that will diversify and make the learning process efficient. Formative assessment is beneficial as it gives a teacher chance to enhance teaching and communicative skills that on the go. A teacher has a chance to consult other colleagues and learn from them.
Summative assessment is a more serious one as it is tied to strict rules, forms and guidelines. It is based on a certain commission outcome and its results influence teacher’s employment. The results do not undergo any discussions. Summative assessment is about documenting and questionnaires that are thoroughly elaborated according to certain criteria. They may contain yes/no questions that define teachers’ productivity.
The main criteria that teachers undergo for assessment are the following: ability to manage a classroom, the way a teacher can simply manage a big number of students, his/her ability to have an impact on students, so that they could be attentive listeners and effective performers. Another criterion is the teachers’ ability to elaborate teaching materials and their constant improvement. No doubt a great deal is the teacher’s ability to explain and give short, clear instructions, so that students could not spend much time on simply understanding what to do and the result a teacher awaits.
An Extra Quality
An effective teacher is also assessed by his/her ability to communicate effectively inside and outside the classroom. Teacher-student relations should be based on respect and positive attitude, that’s why activities outside the classroom are beneficial. Partnering with parents is a way to understand students more and is an additional stimulus to study.
Analysis and assessment are integral parts of any process. They help evaluate progress and weak points that should be changed. A teacher is not just a pupils’ manager and a person who only gives directions. He/she should constantly improve, grow, and look at himself/herself extrinsically.