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If you're good at it, nothing beats teaching as a rewarding career choice. So, what do you need to become truly great?
Like your students - all of them. Students sense if you don't like them and it affects the teacher-student relationship. Remember, everone has likeable traits, you just have to find them!
Know your subject! Being flexible and improvising is much easier if you are well read, and it makes your lessons more relevant and inspiring. Also, it builds students trust in you!
Have faith in your students ability to master your subjects. If you don't believe in them, how will they be able to? If they are academically challenged, learning takes courage!
Be patient. Your patience WILL BE TESTED. Testing boundaries is part of growing up and you must remain calm. It is part of your job to give students a good moral compass.
Release your inner Super Powers and be convinced: you have the power to make your students desire nothing more, than to be the best they can be!
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Very useful reminder of why I came to teaching, for a second career
Te Aniwa Tutara
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11 months ago
How old are the kids you teach?
11 months ago
Storytelling can be a valuable way of self-understanding and how they relate to difficulties and challenges in their lives. Instead of just making stories about gangsters in da hood, I mean.
Actually, we started with a kind of "guide", of how to tell a story, and you'd be amazed by how they can create good stories. They are young, 2 classes with 9 years old kids, and 2 classes with 11, 12 years old. I think it's particularly hard to make them first go out of their comfort zone, but once you tell them that in movies everything can happen, they started creating things really amazing.
I've had students film other kinds of genres, guide lines to Swedish culture for instance. You can make lots of different things:)
Stories are great. But dont forget you always need a conflict to create interest. And of course an antagonist. It can be an evil shark, a villain or your morning alarm bell... But you need a representation of the conflict. Kids love fairly tales (and so do I) and they always have a conflict. Question is: how to teach kids to find conflict in their lives and film that :-)
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