10 Psychological Principles That Will Make You an Outstanding Teacher
Admin - Apr 30 2017
Did you know that 95% of all so called boring classes came from a problem that could be solved by reading this article? Do you believe that you could gain more mastery of teaching skill? Did you know that you could become one of the best teachers in your field? Well, the opportunity to succeed is right here. I will summarize the secret in one word; PSYCHOLOGY. Is that all you have to know about this secret? Most probably the answer would be No, then what do we have to learn about psychology that will make us outstanding? Let us consider ten outstanding psychological principles to win as a teacher.As a reminder, these principles are generated keeping in mind the abilities, capacities, interests and the overall potentials of the learner. These principles are generated from the students’ point of view only. These principles are known to excite the child into digging deeper to find the mystery of the subject of teaching. To make the teaching and learning process effective, the motivation to students is required following the principles laid here.
Let us consider ten of these which will make you an outstanding teacher.
1. SYMPATHY AND COOPERATION APPLICATION.
When the students are in school, the teacher is their parent figure. In some cases students tend then to fear the teacher. To avoid this, the teacher should be affectionate, show some sympathy to the students. This can be demonstrated for example in a case where a student encounters a problem the teacher should listen to the student empathetically and be willing to help. A good teacher should co-operate with the students and with this it becomes very easy for the students to involve the teacher in their daily activities. A good teacher is understanding and knows that his students do not possess similar academic intelligence powers therefore the teacher is deemed to be kind and supportive. When a teacher and the students are on the same school page then learning will be smooth.
2: MOTIVATION TO THE STUDENT.
Teaching is a process that involves three arms; the teacher, the student and the subject. Therefore the co-operation between the teacher and the student is highly required.
Lack of motivation can greatly affect the student’s intake of what he or she is being taught. A teacher can motivate the students in the following ways.
i. Creating different teaching methods and techniques which directly relate to the student’s interests.
ii. If possible change the environment of the class from time to time to break the monotony.
iii. Also a teacher can use gifts to motivate students both into loving the subject and to also perform.
3: PRINCIPLE OF REPETITION AND EXERCISE
As the saying goes practice makes perfect. This principle of repetition states that those things repeated most often are not easy to forget. This is because of the fact that the human brain is fallible and it becomes hard to remember new facts after a single exposure. Thus what learning really is the student applying what they have been taught and shown.
Students should be encouraged to repeat what they learn and practice more often to be sure of academic success.
4. THE POWER OF ASSOCIATION.
This is where the teacher puts the students in study groups. This way the students can easily share what they understand in class and learn from others what they did NOT understand during a certain lesson. This is very important because the student may shy to tell the teacher about not understanding something the teacher taught so intensely in class and he/she didn’t understand. But it becomes easier said to their peers or group members. Students also are able to develop qualities like tolerance, co-operation and empathy among others.
5: TEACHER TO SELF- CURIOSITY BUILD.
Self-learning is the case where the students goes out of their way and learn something new. A teacher should therefore encourage the students to acquire habits of self-learning. The teacher should ensure that he/she doesn't teach everything in class but ensures that the students finds more and more about what was taught in class. But that doesn't mean that the teachers work ends there, a good teacher should always be available to guide them when they need guidance.
6. PRINCIPLE OF INTENSITY – CLASS VIVIDNESS.
A good teacher ensures that they teach intensely. This is simply because it is more likely to retain an intense taught material. Dramatic, clear, and exciting learning experience is better than a boring experience.
A good teacher should therefore make sure that they try to bring real things for students to learn with instead of just breading about it. This is pretty because as I said earlier students tend to relate easily and also remember visual aids.
7: FEEDBACK ADVANTAGE.
While teaching, a teacher should pass positive information. In response the student tend to give positive feedback and this ensures healthy learning. The teacher should be able to define the type of feedback because in a case where the student crams to show the teacher they understand what taught can be dangerous because he/she can easily forget. Therefore the teacher should ensure the students understand and be creative in that they don’t produce exactly what they took in.
8. CREATIVITY ENGINES.
Creativity is the generation of new ideas that are useful in a particular situation. When a teacher brings out creativity, the students enjoy the learning process and they really get engaged. Therefore creativity is a critical skill in this century especially accounting to the fact that we are in a technology driven era.
The teacher here should have different methods of structuring assignments to increase creativity. In return the students can manifest their creativity by coming up with potential solutions to identified problems.
9: TEACHERS EXPECTATIONS.
Teachers tend to have some expectations on the students’ abilities. This expectations maybe low or high influenced by a student’s past performance. Mostly the teacher’s expectations tend to affect the students learning outcomes, opportunities to learn and their motivations.
The teachers are encouraged to always communicate high expectations because those being student’s role models can affect their performance at the end of the day as said earlier.
10. GOAL SETTING.
This principle talks of importance of students using short term specific and moderately challenging goals. This fact increases self-efficacy and also the build towards larger goals.
Students should ensure that they work towards the goals laid but the teacher too has a hand in this. When the students achieve this goals they are more likely to undertake more complex ones because they tend to become risk takers.
Undoubtedly, a great debate will arise about these top cream principles, and most research based statistics are not merged here. Coherently, this being not an exhaustive teaching psychology documentation, it provides an angular point of view to the successful teaching. The difference between this articles resources and others is the refinement of information and prioritization as well. These principles are of great help to the teacher. They form a segment of the applied psychology being used to solve real world problems. At the same time, students’ performance in class will be elevated to great heights.