3 Ways to Demonstrate Confidence as the Teacher
A new academic year can seem a bit overwhelming, particularly if you are new to teaching. It is important to maintain confidence to help you control a classroom as children recognise this and respond positively to it.
To help you become more confident in the classroom, here are three helpful suggestions. 1. Set the tone before the students enter In a secondary setting, it’s good to wait outside the classroom and welcome the students as they arrive and ask them to line up before they enter. Waiting for silence and explaining there is a starter activity shows you are in control and lets people know what the expectation is. Include a reward for achieving a certain target to provide motivation and focus.
This is particularly helpful if you have a lesson straight after a break time as students could be livelier than normal.
2. Body Language
Stand confidently and smile as people respond to this in a positive way. When you talk to the students, try, and catch their eye as it helps show an interest in them and what they are saying. It helps them to feel valued and can build respect. By talking in a quieter tone helps create a more relaxed classroom atmosphere.
3. Be positive in your subject knowledge By preparing your lesson and knowing what you want the students to achieve, it helps you stay focused to keep students on track.
Preparation also includes having worksheets printed and cut to size if they are being stuck in a book. It’s not always best asking the pupils to trim them as it can be messy and time consuming.
Give clear instructions which section is being looked at, how long they need to spend on it and what the sanction is if they refuse to work. Provide encouragement with a reward if they can achieve an extension exercise. This is great as it allows more able students to develop.
All this combined helps create a positive impression as not only are you demonstrating you know the subject, but also how to help people understand it.
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