100 Teacher Tips #11-13 | Scaffolding | Control your Emotions | Rephrase Questions|

Teacher Tip Number 11: Scaffolding

Start with the basics and progressively increase the difficulty. The problem is that a lot of teachers want to teach something, but they think of an at a higher level and they try to teach students at that high level. Then the students who don’t actually understand, don’t want to learn anymore because they feel left behind.

So, what you want to do is you want to scaffold your content or activities. What you want to do is teach students step-by-step until they are able to do something. When you scaffold content, teach them the basics first and give them a solid foundation, then you progressively add more content to it until they can master the whole thing.

Just because teachers are at a certain level, doesn’t mean that all our students will be able to reach that from the very start. You need to raise your learners up by using scaffolding in your lessons.

Teacher Tip Number 12: Control your Emotions

Never let students control your emotions, be the mighty oak, standing firm in the breeze. Students will test you; this is part of life. Don’t ask for them not to test you, ask to be stronger. By growing in confidence and growing in strength as a teacher and as an individual the comments students make, all the attacks, the nasty words or whatever they doing won’t affect you.

When students see that they can’t affect you and they can’t control your emotions, you will be much stronger and be able to take control of the classroom.

Expect students to test you and every time you get that test, smile because when you will pass it and show, “I am a strong individual,” you will also grow and you will be a better teacher in their eyes.

Think of it logically and don’t play into their games. You are the adult, you are not a student, you are not going to play games with them, so disengage if they want that emotional reaction. Just say, “Listen I’m not gonna play these games; I’m sorry those are the rules and that’s what we going to do.”

They can say anything to you; remember the one that loses control is the loser! You want to be the teacher, the adult. You control your emotions, nobody else can influence the way you feel. Think back on your strongest teachers; anything you said against them it would just bounce off them. So, Teacher Tip Number 12 is, never let students control your emotions, keep strong and don’t let them affect you.

Teacher Tip Number 13: Rephrase

Rephrase when students don’t understand. Always give them a second chance to answer when you. When you ask the students a question or explain something and they don’t immediately understand, or they don’t immediately answer correctly, rephrase the question in simpler language so it gives them another opportunity to answer.

Also, some students might not understand the first time and by rephrasing what you have said, gives them another opportunity to understand what you are teaching them. This is very important.

Often in my English classes, I would often ask students a question and they would be quiet, or not understand. I then ask it to them again and just slightly change it, or make it easier and then the second time they understand and reply.

Remember, as teachers we should be patient and we should allow our students to succeed, so rephrase your questions. Rephrase the way that you teach something because there might be someone who doesn’t understand, so give them a second chance.

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