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How to Support The New Teacher in Her Teaching Profession

Teaching is one of the very challenging professions in the different professional fields.  Aside from it being a difficult job, the goals and objectives that must be tackled by the teacher are very complicated.  This is because teaching students today is far different from that of long time ago.  The lifestyle today has changed drastically and with the changes emanated tremendous advancement too in the way teaching must be imparted to the students plus the students’ attitudes and their behaviors towards their studies.  Education has been declining in the past years due to the new technology which is brainwashing all the children.  Children prefer playing with the computer rather than memorizing their multiplication table.  And this is the reason why new teacher support must be properly addressed in order for the new teacher to be motivated to teach and help with the growing problems in schools.

The teaching profession has been deteriorating because of so many factors that are discouraging to the teacher.  So many teachers are shifting to other jobs that do not require too many pressures.  Being a teacher myself I have experienced the harshness of the situation so I know how it feels to be a new teacher.  In trying to meet the needs of the new teacher in schools, it is still best to have a dialog with the new teacher.  Ask the new teacher what her problems are regarding her job and ask her how you could help.

In some schools the teachers often have a meeting where they could talk about problems in the school.  The new teacher will benefit from the meeting where things regarding problems among teacher and the job itself are discussed.  The new teacher is sometimes faced with a lot of problems in the teaching profession aside from the students who are very hard to handle.  New teachers could learn a lot from the meeting because a lot of things are often tackled. 

There are different factors that affect the teaching process such as behaviors among students, lesson planning, techniques and methods of teaching, how to handle difficult situations, the need for effective learning, ad infinitum.  To address all of these is a very complex job; especially to a new teacher who just started with her teaching profession.  She could get so confused trying to tackle everything and she needs support from other teachers in the school.

The objective of the meeting must be directed to the problem of the new teacher regarding all the areas where she needs help.  As a new teacher lesson planning could be a hard job.  Lesson planning is perhaps one of the hardest parts of the new teacher’s job. The new teacher needs help not only in order to achieve her goals in teaching but also to save time and effort when doing it.  At first lesson planning is hard but it will become easier as the new teacher goes on.  The start of everything is always the hardest but once one gets used to doing it, it will become easier and faster to do.  Seasoned teachers must show the new teacher how she could easily handle lesson planning.  Samples of lesson plans and how they are done could be presented at this point for a more vivid discussion of the subject. 

Aside from lesson planning, the need for the teacher to know the more effective techniques and methods of teaching is very important.  Teaching is not just teaching; there are lots of things to be considered.  Students are individuals with different ranges of intelligence so this facet of the teaching profession must be properly embraced if the teacher wants effective learning.  The different behaviors of the students are also very crucial in the teaching process.  Students learn things differently; there are slow learners and there are fast learners.  This is the hard part of teaching especially for the new teacher, so the more seasoned teachers must help in any way they can so that the new teacher can cope up with the situation.  

In trying to help create a new teacher support program in school, teachers must always take into consideration the needs of the new teacher.  The areas where she is hard up must be tackled first.  What usually happens when the teacher cannot cope is she could give up the position and find an easier job but with your support she could stay and enjoy her job as well.  Encourage the new teacher to join programs that could help her with her profession.  There are seminars for teachers and there are lots of teacher’s groups that she could join for support aside from your support.

A new teacher often finds the teaching profession too difficult to handle.  The teaching profession requires too much effort and time In order for one to be able to carry out her objectives.  The need for a better program for the new teacher is needed so that she will be motivated and encouraged to keep the job.

If the new teacher finds out that there are people whom, she could rely on, she will be able to cope with the pressures of the job.  A new teacher support program will make the new teacher be able to handle things even if they are very difficult if she sees the support from other people around her.

One of the best ways to help a new teacher become familiarized with the teaching job is to introduce to her the different factors affecting the effectiveness of teaching.  She must know the factors first before she could effectively carry her objectives.  The need for a better environment conducive for the students must be created by the teacher and where need is necessary you could give her that support she needs.  Being new in the profession is sometimes very confusing and daunting but if the new teacher is supported by other people, things would be easier for her.

The teaching professions is a complex one that requires extensive training before one would be able to handle things easily and the new teacher needs a good support program that will help her be able to achieve her objectives.  It is not only the things you share with her that will affect the situation but more importantly the way you accept her and be part of the group that will make the new teacher more comfortable in her new job.  By experiencing other teachers’ support, she will be able to develop more confidence and she will be able to achieve her goals as a teacher. 

Helping the new teacher in the areas where she could hardly cope will make her succeed in the teaching profession.  With a support that she needs everything would turn out good for her.  Remember to always give her the encouragement she needs plus a lot of tips to make her become an effective teacher.

Written by Lisa Gayagay
Teacher, writer and blogger.

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Cooperative, Competitive, And Individualistic Teaching Styles in The Classroom

Cooperative, competitive, and individualistic teaching styles in the classroom have different impacts on students. Students learn in a variety of ways, and these three teaching styles vary the way a student will learn. This article will discuss cooperative, competitive, and individualistic teaching styles in the classroom.

Cooperative Teaching

Cooperative teaching styles in the classroom are noted by their group mentalities. This type of teaching style causes students to work in a team setting. This is called cooperative teaching because students must work together to achieve desired results (Johnson & Johnson, 1999). Cooperative teaching emphasizes the success of the group. Students will use their skills and abilities to work towards a common goal. Cooperative teaching requires students to do their best because they all will have to put their name on the finished assignment. Cooperative teaching in the classroom is beneficial because it causes students to be responsible for their learning. Students are responsible to themselves and other students when cooperative teaching styles are being used, and this causes them to be more successful (Johnson & Johnson, 1999).

Competitive Teaching

Competitive teaching is a fun way to bring about learning in the classroom. This type of teaching can be thrilling, but it is not always beneficial. The problem with competitive teaching is that not all of the students will experience a chance to succeed. In competitive teaching, students work against each other instead of together (Johnson & Johnson, 1999). This can cause some kids to excel, but it will cause some kids to give up or lose enthusiasm as well. This teaching style is beneficial in some areas but not overall. Competitive teaching in the classroom can cause learning in some students, but as a group the classroom does not truly benefit.

Individualistic Teaching

This type of teaching style has many benefits as well as downfalls. Individualistic teaching requires students to work independently to achieve their goals. This type of classroom teaching inspires responsibility in students because their success depends on them alone (Johnson & Johnson, 1999). Although responsibility and discipline are learned through individualistic teaching styles; this teaching style can also cause students to focus only on themselves which is not always beneficial.

There are many types of teaching styles that causes students in the classroom to learn differently. Competitive teaching inspires competition and does not provide every student in the classroom with the opportunity for success. Individualistic teaching promotes discipline and responsibility, but it lacks group pride and success. Cooperative teaching is the most effective method of teaching students in the classroom because everyone learns and succeeds as a group.

Reference:

Johnson, D. W., & Johnson, R. T. (1999). Learning together and alone: Cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning. Retrieved from https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/content/eBookLibrary2/content/eReader.aspx?assetMetaId=9bdbd672-b9a6-489c-a362-a79594875de6&assetDataId=35c80afb-e548-43da-8b9c-1a67afbd1c5c&assetpdfdataid=2c0f683f-6346-4073-a148-b5fa017e994e

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Principles And Maxims Of Successful Teaching

Teaching – learning process has occupied an important place in the field of education . Teaching and learning are two fundamental aspects of educational process . Both are closely related to each other . One cannot be divorced from the other . The most important objective of teaching is to facilitate learning . Thus the concept of teaching is incomplete without learning . For understanding the teaching-learning process it is essential to study the nature of teaching .

Nature of Teaching

Traditional Concept :
Teaching is the act of imparting instructions to the learners in the class-room teaching . In traditional class-room teaching the teacher just gives information about the concept , but this traditional concept of teaching is not acceptable to the modern educators . Now teaching is not merely imparting knowledge of imparting information to the students . While imparting knowledge teacher should keep in mind the child as well as the orderly presentation of subject-matter.
Modern Concept :
Teaching is to cause the child to learn and acquire the desired knowledge , skills also desirable ways of living in the society . It is process in which the learner , teacher , curriculum and other variables are organised in a systematic and psychological way to attain some pre-determined goals .

General Principles of Successful Teaching

Principle of Definite Aim : Teaching should start with a definite aim . In the absence of the definite aim the teacher might go astray and at the same time his teaching might lack coherence and definiteness . The students do not gain much if the lesson is planned haphazardly and aimlessly . Without definite aim , even the best lesson would fail to achieve its objective . Definite aim is of great help to both the teacher and the taught . It makes the teaching and learning interesting , effective , precise and definite .
Principle of Activity : Teaching is ineffective if the students do not actively participate in the lesson . Learning becomes active and quicker if the student is made active physically as well as mentally . Teaching can be facilitated if the students actively participate in the learning process and learn while actually manipulating the things to be learnt . Children learn their best through self-activity but that activity must be psychologically sound . Learning by doing removes the dullness of the lessons and puts the children in life situations . The child engages himself fully in the activity and learns qualitatively as well as quantitatively . Only that knowledge becomes a part of the life , which he gains through self – activity . Hence teaching should be organised as to provide the maximum opportunities to the child to learn by doing .
Principle of Motivation or Interest : Principle of motivation is considered very important to carry out successful teaching – learning process . It is said that half the battle is won if the students are truly motivated for the lesson . Motivation is the petrol that drives the mental engine . Motivation not only promotes but also facilitates learning . It arouses the interest of child and once he is genuinely interested , he becomes attentive , and consequently learning becomes effective . Hence teacher should properly motivate the students by creating interesting learning situations .
Principle of Co-operation : Successful teaching is a co-operative affair between the teacher and the students . If there is no co-operation, there may not be good teaching . Hence a teacher should plan his teaching to give the pupils abundant opportunity for co-operation in organisation , management , participation in discussion , and other class-room activities .
Principle of Creativity and Recreation : Successful teaching is a source of happiness to the teacher and the taught as well . Work becomes its own reward for the teacher , and the students enjoy it to the maximum . Teaching is not to be continued as a routine affair It should arouse the creativeness in the children . Successful teaching proves to be a source of creativeness and recreation . It awakens in the learners the desire to be creative and engages them in activity which is a source of pleasure to them .
Principle of Suggestiveness : Good teaching proceeds on the basis of suggestion rather than dictation . Th military spirit is not advantageous for well conducted class-room . The teacher suggests activities , materials and modes of responses . Suggestion helps in securing co-operation of pupils . Good teachers do not give order , they give suggestions , the students obey it . Hence in good teaching a teacher gives his suggestions to the students for doing a thing or not doing a thing .
Principle of Progressiveness : Teaching should be progressive . A good teacher is concerned with the progress of the children in the development of attitudes and interests , ideas and information , skills and abilities and development of habits of thoughts and action . Good teacher looks for the improvement . Progress in method and technique should find place in good teaching . Good teaching looks forward for improvement in the light of new experiments in the field of teaching . When teaching improves steadily , it is progressive .

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