How To Become A Good Teacher

Step 1:
Get ideas Get ideas on realistic goals and effective techniques from veteran teachers in whatever classes you ’ ve been assigned: English, Language Arts, Math , Music , Science , or History. Observe the teachers in their own classes to emulate provenstyles.

Step 2:
Introduce yourself Set the tone by looking professional and well- groomed . Junior high students are looking for role models and will watch everything you do . Introduce yourself briefly and let the kids share details aboutthemselves.
Keep your private life separate and don ’ t take calls at home . You need tohave time to recharge , too.

Step 3:
Arrange seating Arrange the room ’ s seating so that you can limit distractions from outside , direct attention to the board , and separate troublemakers.

Step 4:
Announce expectations Announce high expectations for behavior and grades and explain what this means in your class . Adjustments will have to be made on an individual basis , you will spend extra time with some kids to help them keepup.

Step 5:
Teach with games Use physical activities to engage the students , as kids often learn by doing.
Teach grammar through team contests to construct sentences on the board , or build symbolic essay parts with toy structures.
Keep the pacing brisk to holdtheir attention . Relieve the tension as the term runs its course.
It ’ s important to for them to have fun, to be allowed periodic breaks , and to know they matter . But becautious; don ’t let them confuse you for a peer.

Step 6:
Keep journals Insist that students keep journals and allow time at the beginning of class each day for them to write an entry , which has the added bonus of creating quiet in the room.
Write prompts on the board to invite responses that kick start theprocess.

Step 7:
Recognize achievement Create recognitions for student achievements at the end of each semester to reinforce what they have learned and to ensure their pride in the accomplishment . School should be a positiveexperience.

Nearly 15 million American middle school students were enrolled in 2009, and enjoyed a teacher to student ratio of 15 to two , better than twice as good as1999 ’ s 16 to one ratio.


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