In the previous blog we discussed 5 teacher habits that make students hate school but hey! It’s not just the teachers, students too sometimes play a role in making school an uncool place. In fact, from a teacher’s perspective an entire series can be written down on the annoying student habits that turn teachers off. Continue reading
Teachers are essentially dislikeable by the majority of students for a variety of reasons, Right? WRONG!!! They say you don’t hate someone because they are fat rather they’re fat because you hate them. Similarly, students don’t hate teachers because they teach, they hate them because they teach the wrong way.
A grumpy, sore, overly critical and ineffective teacher is the top reason why kids think school is no fun. However things can improve drastically if teachers leave behind ten habits that annoy students and make the school a boring place. Below are those ten annoying teacher habits:
The top bad habit of teachers is the rigidity of their stance. “What I’ve said is final and nobody is allowed to argue further”. This is the sentence that you often hear from a dislikeable teacher. They don’t care to explain why something is right or why it is wrong rather they just impose their opinion on the students leaving a thousand questions unanswered. Even if their opinion or stance is right, they finality of their tone makes students hate their approach towards delivering knowledge as students of today are more skeptic than ever and they need to be satisfied with logic.
The solution: As a teacher, do your research before entering the class and equip yourself with the tools that can help you deliver the message more effectively.
Remember you’re their teacher not their boss. Teachers with bad habits often tend to be control freaks and do not give students their due space. Although a fair level of authority should be maintained in the class but overdoing this aspect can make students secretly revolt against the teacher which in turn, can hamper their learning process.
The solution: Be light and creative in the class and give students the liberty to learn their own way in order to maximize the learning outcomes.
Nothing makes a class more boring than a teacher’s monotony. Students like experiencing new things everyday but the monotony of a teacher eventually makes them stop processing the information they receive. After all nobody likes seeing the action replay of their previous class.
The solution: Prepare colorful slides, share videos, interesting documents and incorporate interesting excerpts from different sources in your lectures. Students will definitely be more interested if they found something different and interesting to facilitate their learning.
Of all things, unexplained grading makes students begrudge their teachers the most. They feel betrayed, victimized and sore when a teacher fails to explain why they got the unexpected grades and why their fellows scored better. A teacher should explain the grading criteria clearly even before the exam is conducted but in large classrooms it becomes difficult at times to make things go as smoothly as planned.
The solution: Use a shared platform to explain the grading criteria for exams and encourage students to give their suggestions and opinion their so everything can remain streamlined.
Underestimating the students:
Students are smarter than you think. Most teachers have trouble believing this fact but students actually think a lot more than you believe. Saying phrases like “I expect no good from you” or I had already expected the bad result” is downright annoying and makes students believe that your expectation shall never comply with their actual capabilities.
The solution: Always be optimistic in your approach towards the students. Boosting up their self-confidence will improve a lot of things in your classroom.
The term learning management system is no longer a novelty for teachers, students, school management and parents. Since a good number of educational institutions have adopted different sorts of LMS, it is now considered an essential part of learning. However, despite the success ratio of LMS, many schools do not really give it the status of a revolutionary solution.
But why do schools struggle with the LMS in the first place? The answer is simple. The first step of success of an LMS is identification of the targets. What do you want it to do for you? This is most neglected part when it comes to the technological solutions for schools. Also, the LMS is not one-size-fits-all as the needs of different schools may differ from each other. Below are the few points that must be focused before choosing an LMS for your school:
Identify the teachers’ requirements:
Hundreds of solutions are available for teachers out there. All have their advantages but choosing the right combination that fits the unique needs of a teacher is important. It must be made sure that the solution you choose is likeable, scalable and compliant with your unique needs and vision. The most desirable LMS solution for schools is one with simplicity, ease of use and flexibility (customizability). Certainly every teacher would love to use all their favorite tools while staying on the same page and prepare, edit and share their presentations on a unified interface. Also, for the solution providers it is important to interact with the teachers and try to find out what would best suit them in terms of technology.
Focus on the most productive features:
This is pretty obvious when it comes to the classroom technology. Productivity of the features mainly decides whether it is worth spending money on or not. Most of the time people choose a product because of modules and functionalities that are most commonly used and new features are often easily ignored. It is important to find and choose and technology that has something to offer for everyone in the school. A technology that serves a purpose of uniting everything on a single platform will do most good to your institution. Moreover, customization is an important factor because a technology that is not flexible enough to adapt to the existing processes of your school won’t be as good as a customizatble solution.
Connection with the community:
It is important for the schools communicate with the community. Keeping the parents updated about the progress of their children and preparing ground for the new admissions is an integral part of our education system. The students, teachers and course offering change over time. The old communities are replaced by the new ones and it becomes difficult for the school administration to maintain accurate data. Therefore, it is a great plus for a solution if it can be integrated with the existing data applications as it spares the school administration the fuss of transferring data from one system to the other.
With the evolution of technology, customization is no longer a perk; it’s a “must”. A good LMS should offer the flexibility to customize the system according to your needs. Most of the times schools don’t spend much time focusing on the technicalities and just accept whatever the developers hand over to them. But customization is very important in the context of the current education system so if a development company does not offer you a tailored system, they are not the right option for you.
Creativity is the essence of all learning. This is what I have concluded after years of attending school and cramming the brain with the information (most of which has been forgotten already). Effective learning always constitutes the impressions that last so in a way it can be said that learning through experiences that are fun, lasts longer than the traditional sort.
Most of our teachers spend hours helping us memorize things; assessing our performance and commenting on our homework assignments but a good part of it is lost in the dark dungeons of the backpacks. It’s not that students don’t learn anything in the classroom at all but this is certainly not the maximum educational productivity that can comply with the needs of the future. You do learn new skills but the futuristic approach is missing and the teachers are always left with challenge of giving their students lasting knowledge that can stay with them beyond the examination halls.
Over the last couple of years a lot has changed as many top notch educational institutions have identified the need of incorporating technology in their traditional classrooms. The transformative power of web and mobile apps for education has enabled the students as well as teachers to take their learning and teaching experience to a whole new level. Now people use Google communities and other interactive platforms, e-learning tools and digital grading solutions to help them learn and teach beyond the physical constraints. Now on the spot research, writing, sharing and revising seamlessly in a class of so many students is just as easy as pie and using the right technology in the classrooms, students can definitely be made the master of their own learning.
I emphasize more on the “right technology” here because we just cannot set the students free with random gadgets, assuming that they’ll draw the best out of it. An example of it is the use of Google drive in the classrooms that didn’t really turn out to be very helpful because there were so many untitled documents; important files moved to trash and ignored comments. An effective supervision clearly cannot prevail using such technology.
What classrooms of today need is a mixture of Google technology with a fair deal of administrative tools that can ensure that students are free to learn with their favorite apps but a level of authority and supervision is also maintained within the classroom. Let’s just accept the fact that today’s students live in the world where content is just not enough. They’re addicted to their smartphones, web 2.0 and social media and they just cannot be expected to find a great deal of interest in old textbooks and obligatory notebooks.
They ought to be approached in a way that could interest and engage them making education fun. Production of forgettable work can only be stopped if innovation is brought to the creative technical front. It may be considered a challenging shift at first as the classroom environment would be changed significantly but that would only be for good. What needs to be understood and accepted is that the goal is not just information synthesis but actual learning.
It can only be hoped that creation is the future of education. Learning, developing more skills and having fun doing that is the real futuristic approach.