It is difficult to come up with a short list of solid teaching methods that will prove applicable in every situation. This is because the methods that are successful with one group of students will fall on deaf ears with another. Age, geographic location, and even socioeconomic backgrounds all affect which methods that are the most useful for a given group of students. While all students possess the capacity to learn just about any subject, the best way to reach them does not necessarily apply across the board. There are, however, a few key ingredients that make up a successful approach to teaching in just about every circumstance.
One of the most important things that a teacher can do is keep the parents informed of their child’s progress and behavior. In the past, a teacher may simply have sent home a note but today, thanks to computers, there are a number of different communication options available. Of course, when it comes to sensitive information or discussions that may be difficult, the phone is still the best alternative. Another thing that every teacher should keep in mind is how they will handle last-minute changes in scheduling. Every student looks forward to the myriad of interruptions that can take place on a daily basis.
Whether it is an assembly, a fire or tornado drill or some other interruption, a teacher should be prepared for anything. It is important for every teacher to have a few tricks up their sleeves that can be put to use when ever students need to be engaged or distracted for a short period of time. In addition, it is a good idea to have something for students to do as soon as they enter classroom. Regardless of the situation, dead time is a chance for children to get into mischief when they could otherwise be learning.
There is nothing wrong with expecting students to meet certain basic standards. Depending on the age of the students these standards will vary somewhat. At a certain age, every student should have their basic math and writing skills down cold. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as the ability to form coherent sentences should be some of the basic skills that every student has once they leave middle school. Another way to ensure a successful classroom environment is to make sure that every student has a clear understanding of the procedures and rules that must be followed.