As the new school year approaches, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by new lesson plans, new students, long days, and many assessments. It’s easy to get lost in the details of planning and forget the bigger picture. To help you focus, here are some tips to be a better educator every day. 

Top tips to be a better educator every day

By adding some simple yet effective habits to your daily routine, you can really improve your teaching and connect better with your students. Here are some top tips to help you become a better educator each day.

  • Start afresh every day. Start each year, semester, day, and class with a fresh outlook. Avoid sticking to only old notes. Instead, update your reading, research, and lesson plans. This keeps things interesting for you and shows your students that learning is always ongoing. 
  • Begin with provocative questions. Kick off each class with a question that makes students think and want to find answers. This approach turns your classroom into a lively place where students actively discuss and understand the subject better.
  • Be mindful of students’ overall growth. A good teacher cares about students’ overall growth, including their values and wisdom. Weave these into your lessons to help students grow both intellectually and morally.
  • Build strong relationships. Forming strong relationships with students is crucial. By talking less and listening more, you can turn your classroom into a community where students feel part of the learning process. Strong relationships make for a supportive learning environment.
  • Make time for meditation and reflection. Regular meditation and reflection can be powerful tools in teaching. Meditation helps you notice things you might miss, and reflection keeps you aware of your students’ needs and your own growth as a teacher.
  • Understand the lesson context. Know the context of each lesson. Understand the main point, do the necessary research, and present the content effectively. A well-prepared lesson adapts to students’ needs and enhances their learning experience.
  • Stay curious. Curiosity is key to effective teaching. Always learn new things to keep teaching exciting for both you and your students. This spirit of inquiry inspires students to explore and learn more.
  • Share your life outside the classroom. Share parts of your personal life with students. This helps them see that a full life includes learning. Sharing your interests and experiences makes you more relatable and shows that learning goes beyond the classroom.
  • Encourage questions. Encourage students to ask questions rather than answering questions they haven’t asked. This makes students seek knowledge actively and engage deeply with the material.

Being a better educator every day involves continuous growth, reflection, and building strong relationships with students. By adopting these habits, you can create a dynamic, engaging, and supportive learning environment. Each day is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired, making teaching a rewarding and transformative experience.

References:

  • https://circeinstitute.org/blog/10-habits-every-great-teacher/ 
  • https://theeducatorsroom.com/my-morning-routine-as-a-teacher-2/
  • https://www.coolcatteacher.com/become-a-better-educator-every-day/ 
  • https://www.primarily-speaking.com/2016/06/work-smarter-not-harder-10-tips-for.html
  • https://medium.com/the-happy-teachers-series/do-one-thing-every-day-to-become-a-better-teacher-001a8025a0ad 
  • https://truthforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/morning-routine/ 
  • https://blog.basisinternationalschools.com/everyday-habits-of-extraordinary-teachers/ 
  • https://alisonyang.com/10-ways-to-increase-teacher-productivity-and-efficiency/