Students and Pupils are expected to understand the teachings of their teachers or lecturers,
…even when the teaching method of their teachers or lecturers is not taught well to be able to command understanding from the students/pupil.
I have heard a lot of students and pupils complain about their inability to assimilate a teacher’s subject.
No matter how effective a teaching method a teacher adopts, the students won’t be able to understand the subject.
And a similar thing happened to me when I was in Senior Secondary School. We had two biology teachers at that time. Though they didn’t teach together in a term. One was a corp member, it was when she concluded her service to the nation and left that the second biology teacher started teaching us.
This is where it gets interesting, I understood biology more when the second teacher started teaching us.
The majority of us said, “why didn’t the second teacher come earlier?”. As of then, we were n SS 3 preparing for our WAEC and NECO. I think their demonstration method while teaching and their teaching methods differ.
This is not a way of discrediting the first teacher. We enjoyed her teaching during her time. We never knew there could be a better offer until we were taught by another teacher.
Some teachers who do not undergo proper teaching training, teach our kids yet we force our kids to understand and memorize what they are being taught.
That should be a bygone now because, at the end of this blog post, you will learn what it takes to be a trained teacher and apply that which you will learn from here to set yourself out and make your students enjoy your teachings while still with you in their current stage of life.
You can imagine, as grown as I was then, I could sense the difficulty in understanding my first teacher’s teaching method. How much more a kid who is in the nursery or primary, who is not expected to complain about such incompetence.
Some adults to date read some blog posts more than once and find it difficult to understand them. Sometimes, they read some blogs once and understand their point.
I think, if you read a blog post and find it difficult to understand or interesting at the first reading, would there still be a need to read it the second time?
I understand that for a better understanding of a blog post, the more you read it, the more you understand and see some hidden ideas beneath it.
But then, there are people that, the more they read the more confused they become about a particular piece of writing.
In some cases, it is either the author’s teaching style or method is not effective enough to command understanding of his point or he knows what to write but can’t articulate it properly. That means such an author has to improve his teaching skill.
So how does he improve his teaching skill?
There are many FREE materials online today for those who are interested to improve their teaching to learn from. Why make this world more difficult and complex more than it already is?
You can begin to engage in public speaking where you have to speak to an audience as enlightened as you are.
If you miss a point, they wouldn’t hesitate to draw your attention to it, and also, some complex sentences you use for them which they understand can’t be used for your students.
However, if your age grade or audience couldn’t understand your speaking even when you try to simplify things as much as you could, yet they can’t understand, it is a good way to question your teaching skill.
You need to improve your teaching skill or method.
How do you improve your teaching skill?
1. Give responsibilities. Being confident in your capabilities and knowledge is a valuable skill to teach to your students.
Making students have a sense of responsibility helps get them involved in any activity at hand.
By asking students to take up projects and initiatives of their own, in ways that illustrate what they learn in the classroom, makes them feel reliable to your cause and boosts their assertive self-image.
For instance, when I was a secondary school student, there used to be this dude that is very unserious with his studies.
Each time the English teacher comes in is just a matter of few minutes before he leaves the classroom. The teacher noticed this and decided to make the guy his subject representative.
That is the dude is responsible for collecting students’ assignment, submitting it, and returning it to the classroom.
And whenever assignments are reviewed, he is the one who asks the students questions. In cases his not doing well, the teacher will correct him. Ever since then, his English has improved in writing and orally.
2. Make out time to engage with your friends and hobbies.
If you don’t have time to interact with friends, it is time to schedule time for such activity.
Engaging with your friends will enable you to learn how to articulate your point at their level. Your friends can understand complex illustrations, unlike your students.
If your friends can’t understand your point when you speak, it means you have to learn how to articulate your points so that people listening can understand them clearly.
And how exactly do you articulate your point?
Learn how to be expressive will help you convey the meaning and emotions behind what you are trying to say.
It is more of like a demonstration method of teaching and conveying your thought process. The way your body moves will help to pass the message you want to pass across.
This is a form of improvising. It is one of the most effective ways to pass your point across. Someone who is far away cannot hear you, but with proper gestures, the person can have a clue about what you’re saying or better still, understand the point you are making.
Expand your vocabulary. The truth is, you cant offer what you do not have. If you don’t know a vocabulary worthy of qualifying your point very well, it will be misinterpreted.
When you lack the vocabulary to express your thoughts, people you are speaking to will be unable to understand your point.
You can expand your vocabulary by reading literature that is outside your regular material. Let us say, you normally read books about business and finance, this time you have to start reading books on war, horror, and love.
While reading those books, pay close attention to descriptive words. How the author used them to make their point and especially ones that describe emotions.
3. As a teacher, it is important that you teach students in detail. Scalping the surface of a topic will live students more confused than they were.
As a student who is hearing about a topic for the very first time, it will do such student better if you give him a step-by-step guide on how to attain a certain result.
Imagine as a new user of a slimming tea product, you would seek full information from the seller on how to use it effectively.
If the seller gives you half-baked information and you didn’t see the result, you will seek a refund because you feel the problem of inefficiency was from half-baked information given by the seller or even the product. You as a buyer are not expected to be blamed.
The same applies to when you give little or no information to your students with the expectation that they already know it or can figure it out themselves or whatever the reason could be.
An old user of Slimming Tea products doesn’t need a lot of detailed information before using it.
4. Understanding a subject is better than seeking a high grade when you can’t explain a subject. Do not give your students the impression that their success depends on how high their grade is.
You should focus on making them understand your teachings. Instead of making them feel that failure is bad, rather teach them to ask questions where they don’t understand and there is nothing wrong with being intellectually ambitious.
Students who understand a topic are more resourceful than those interested in getting a high grade.
Most students succeed when teachers don’t intend to intimidate, reduce the reliance on grade as a measure of success, identify student learning as the measure of their success.
5. Define your course expectations from the beginning of the term. Milestone is expected to be achieved before the end of the term.
Share this with your students and let them have them handy so they can prepare in advance before coming to class.
Those who try to figure it out themselves but couldn’t, will understand more and ask intelligent questions when in the classroom with the teacher.
Break down your milestone weekly and what is expected to be achieved weekly. Each class, before any teaching commences, ask them questions, review the previous teaching and preview the day’s teaching. This shouldn’t exceed 5-10 mins of your teaching time.
Give them practical questions that require practical answers.
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