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12 Tips to Be a Successful Teacher.

Peace is a high-school English and literature teacher...her articles are inspired by her classroom experiences.

"Our hands never fade from the lives we touch."

"Our hands never fade from the lives we touch."

Teachers are Nation Builders.

Teaching is a very challenging career and the strain that teachers have to go through on a daily basis is tough. But it is fulfilling and heartwarming to know that you have the ability to shape ideas about society and impact lives. You can become an even better teacher by dedication and practice.

As a teacher, I constantly look for ways to change my teaching approach. I love to teach my students in different ways what other students might learn in one way. I never stop learning to give more to myself and my students. Teaching what I know to people who want to learn gives me a sense of accomplishment. I'd love my students to excel because of something they learned from me and that alone motivates me to be better.

Things successful teachers do.

1. Have a positive mindset.

A negative attitude prepares a way for failure. To be a successful teacher, you should be confident and look past challenges to the goal you're hoping to achieve. Students are motivated to learn when the environment is positive.

2. Help students to succeed.

Students need someone to believe in their abilities and tell them that they are capable of success. Create an enabling environment and let them know that it's okay to fail but they should never give up till they are able to reach their goal. Be patient with them and give them time to process new information. It's really not easy to learn something for the first time.


3. Set clear goals.

This serves as a guide for the day's work. It's what you want your students to learn and you have to work to achieve the set goal.

For me, I write each goal and paste it on the wall and for some reasons, I also let my students know that it's okay if we don't meet the set we set for each day because we have to go with a certain flow than what we already mapped out.

4. Be a listener.

Ask students questions and encourage them to ask questions as well. Let them know you're listening and yet not to interrupt their speech. Listening to your students shows that you respect them and that their voices are heard. You're also teaching them how to listen while others speak.

5. Don't be too hard on your students.

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Spell out rules for your class clearly. If a student goes against the rule, address it immediately and if you've decided to punish them, the punishment should match their offence.

6. Be calm while dealing with stubborn students.

Some students really get on your last nerve and it's really to lose it. Just relax and breathe and try to understand their own point of view and ask other teachers if you need further help.

7. Allow quiet students a chance to speak.

Encourage students to participate in classroom discussion by creating an enabling environment. Let them Know their opinions are valid and needed. As much as you want to encourage active participation, avoid outrightly putting quiet students on the spot.


8. Have a sense of humour.

Laugh when you find something funny. You don't have to be all serious all the time. Have time for laughs and jokes with your students. Inserting jokes in your lessons helps students to relieve stress and remember the lesson taught.

9. Seek Mentors

Look out for people who are willing to support you and discuss teaching with you. Ask them for suggestions on how you can be a better teacher. Stay in touch with people you meet at teacher events and conferences and ask for their help when necessary.

10. Be Reflective.

Evaluate yourself at the end of each lesson. What worked and what didn't work and seek out ways to change them. Be honest in your assessment of yourself and ask colleagues for advice on ways to improve.


11. Take risks and try new things.

To be successful you should be able to take risks and try out new things in the classroom. Students are very observant and they see how you handle risktaking and failure. This is an important aspect of learning.

12. Encourage Teamwork.

Encourage teamwork among your students. Learning is a process that can't be undefined alone. Some teachers take complete charge of the classroom when it comes to learning. Some students need help from peers to overcome difficult subjects and as a teacher, work with students to help them understand and retain knowledge. A lot of communication and flexibility is needed in this approach.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Peace Tobe Dike


Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on June 11, 2021:

You're always welcome my friend, Misbah. Thank you too.

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on June 11, 2021:

Thanks, Tobe. Happy weekend!!

Many Blessings

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on June 11, 2021:

You're welcome, Rery. Thank you for taking time to read.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on June 11, 2021:

Thank you Rozlin, it's good to know you enjoy reading my article. Must be nice that you got to teach at your school. Wish you the best. Enjoy your weekend.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on June 11, 2021:

Hi Pamela, I'm glad you find my article useful and I hope your granddaughter is doing just great at her job, I wish her all the best for her career. Say me well to her.

Thank you for reading.

Peace Tobe Dike (author) from Delta State, Nigeria. on June 11, 2021:

Thank you for reading Misbah...I still remember mine as well "my very eyes might just see under nine planets"

For the 11th number, I've edited the error which was why you didn't get it...I meant that students love to see you try new things in the classroom and they watch closely how you handle failure in your risk taking.

Have a great weekend, Misbah.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 11, 2021:

Very useful and important tips to be a good teacher.

Thank you for sharing it.

Rozlin from UAE on June 11, 2021:

Very interesting article, Tobe. I have been a teacher for four years in the same school where I was a student.


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 11, 2021:

I really love all of the attributes of a food teacher that you listed, Peace. I think this is an excellent article. My granddaughter is an elementary school teacher, and I think she would find your article interesting.


Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on June 10, 2021:

This is an interesting article, Tobe. One thing that I experienced with one of my teachers was she always asked us to read lessons like as we are singing songs.

When I was a kid, I still remember my teacher told me to remember the names of planets in correct order this way:

"My very excellent mother just send us nine pizzas" it was so easy that I still remember it.

I didn't understand the 11th point. If you can explain a little

Thanks for sharing

Many Blessings to you, dear friend

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