Teachers make the most important pillar of a school because they directly affect and influence students. Teachers produce a permanent mark on the character of students which grows with their growth in life.
Darussalam Academy is well aware of this fact and give due importance to this aspect. Eventually, the teachers are enrolled by merit and after their selection due weight is given to enhance their proficiency. Regular lectures are imparted to the teacher during their service time to increase their capabilities as a teacher and to get the optimum out of them. Some of the important lectures are:
PREPARATION (5 MIN)
Ø To warm up, ice breaking activity.
Ø To prepare the students mentally and emotionally.
Ø To prepare the students for learning.
Ø To develop rapport with the students.
Ø To create interest and catch students’ attention.
Ø Review and revise the previous lesson / knowledge.
Ø To bridge the previous knowledge with new lesson.
Ø To develop a favorable environment for learning by:
Ø Asking some questions.
Ø Telling story, statement, joke.
Ø Some informal discussion.
PRESENTATION (20 MIN)
Ø Core of the teaching learning process.
Ø Introduce new subject matter.
Ø Usage of writing board, AV aids, Teaching tech
Ø Always move in following direction:
Ø From known to unknown.
Ø From simple to complex
Ø From easy to difficult
Ø Steps involved are:
Ø Declaration of topic
Ø Brief summary
Ø Model reading
Ø Difficult words meanings
Ø Other activities
Ø Involve all the students
PRACTICE (10 MIN)
Ø Participation of the students.
Ø To mature the learning.
Ø Recapitulation of the new knowledge.
Ø Loud / silent
Ø Group / individually
Ø Questions answers session
PRODUCTION (5 MIN)
Ø To measure and evaluate the learning
Ø Asking questions orally, written, or both.
Ø To assign home work.
Ø To declare next day task.
Ø To be well prepared before going into class
Ø To be emotionally secured and matured
Ø Command on subject matter, knowledge of teaching skills
Ø Dress and address must be up to the mark
Ø Favorable environment and desirable behavior
Ø Awareness of educational psychology
Ø Age, stage, individual differences of the learners must be kept in mind
CONDUCIVE classroom climate
ØTeachers are required to sincerely like the students and believe in their worth.
ØTeachers are required to sincerely like the students and believe in their worth.
Ø Are dedicated to helping children to learn.
Ø Are enthusiastic about teaching and inspire their students
Ø Are prepared, consistent and firm
Ø Provide a nurturing, safe environment
Ø Accept themselves as imperfect and freely admit to making mistakes
Ø Model fairness, honesty and dependability
Ø Listen carefully and give recognition freely
Ø Be sensitive and respectful of children's individual differences
Ø Provide an opportunity for children to help formulate classroom rules
Ø Help children feel important by allowing them to make choices
Ø Have clear, high, reasonable expectations for children's work
Ø Acknowledge children's efforts and successes no matter how small
Ø Stress that it is okay to make mistakes because they are a natural part of learning
Ø Avoid threats, sarcasm, favoritism and pity
Ø Focus on solutions to problems rather than on punishment
Ø Teach children how to solve their problems peacefully by listening to each other and by compromising
Ø Provide opportunities for children to encourage and applaud one another
Ø Involve parents or guardians as partners in their children‘s education
Ø Invite them to dream, share goals, and to think of themselves as being successful
TIPS FOR ASSIGNING HOMEWORK
- Only assign what’s necessary to augment instruction.
- Focus on practice skills they have recently learned and review something they already know.
- Take students’ age into consideration when determining the amount of homework to assign. The cumulative amount of time taken by the home work should be:
- Class 1-2: up to 30 minutes
- Class 3-4: up to 40 minutes
- Class 5-6: 50-60 minutes
- Class 7-8: 1½- 2½ hours
- Class 9-10: 2 - 3 hours
- Let students know that homework is important, and that not doing an assignment will have consequences, which may include lower grades.
- Let students know ahead of time when homework will be assigned. Some teachers always assign homework on specific nights—every Tuesday and Thursday, for example. This lets students and parents know when to expect homework.
- Assign a student to gather the homework notebook at the start of class while you take roll or before you reach the class.
- Students should be given marks/ positive remarks for homework assignments they complete, and at the end term, the best student should be granted a certificate.
- Keep a record of class work, homework, or tests that students missed,
- Make an effort to provide written comments on student work that lets them know what they did well and what they need to improve.
Ø I know my subjects very well as I am well prepared.
Ø I know my timetable and I am punctual.
Ø I have effectively divided the syllabus into two terms and go as per planner.
Ø I understand communication skills, creativity and activity methods.
Ø I possess classroom management skills and maintain my students’ discipline.
Ø I quickly make myself familiar with the students by calling their names.
Ø I develop an academic environment in the class from the start of the session by telling the students about their roles and duties.
Ø I follow the procedure if a student does not submit the homework:
v 1st time: written to parents on students diaries.
v 2nd time: written to parents on students diaries.
v 3rd time: Phone & official letter to parents.
Ø I attend meetings for educational improvement of my students.
Ø I assess my teaching by using various methods.
Ø I am well prepared for the first term examination (Question paper discussion / submitted )
Ø I do not allow cheating and report cheating (if found) to the exam supervisor.
Ø I mark answer scripts objectively and in allocated time.
Ø I give grades on general behavior and attendance.
Ø I take care of cleanliness / property of the school.
Ø I perform duty assigned to me in vigour and spirit.
Ø I am active member of all curricular and co-curricular activities.
Ø I actively play my role in PTMs
Ø I make every possible effort to keep the parents satisfied.
Ø I give my report of PTMs to the Principal.
Ø I keep my mobile phone switched off in the classroom.
Ø I do not indulge in marking of the class / homework assignments in the class.
Ø I generate, submit work plan and manage activities.
Ø I know how to properly maintain teacher-student and Inter-staff relationship.
Ø I help all the students whenever and wherever they require it.
Ø I check note books properly, regularly & give comments to encourage my students.
Ø As a Class Teacher I properly prepare my class for morning assembly.
Ø I value professional development / continuous personal improvement very high.
Ø I am loyal.
Ø I know that performing proper duty is “IBADAT
What makes a great teacher? Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. With all these qualities required, it's no wonder that it's hard to find great teachers.
Signs of a Poor Teacher
These are the warning signs that there may be a problem with your child's teacher:
Ø Your child complains that his teacher singles him out repetitively with negative remarks.
Ø The teacher is the last one to arrive in the morning and the first to leave in the afternoon. He doesn't return phone calls or respond to written communication.
Ø Your child rarely brings work home from school.
Ø Homework assignments are not returned.
Ø The teacher does not send home frequent reports or communications to parents.
Ø The teacher exhibits limited knowledge of the subject he is teaching.
Ø Lessons lack organization and planning.
Ø The teacher refuses to accept any input from parents.
Great teachers set high expectations for all students. They expect that all students can and will achieve in their classroom, and they don't give up on underachievers.
Great teachers have clear, written-out objectives. Effective teachers have lesson plans that give students a clear idea of what they will be learning, what the assignments are and what the grading policy is. Assignments have learning goals and give students ample opportunity to practice new skills. The teacher is consistent in grading and returns work in a timely manner.
Great teachers are prepared and organized. They are in their classrooms early and ready to teach. They present lessons in a clear and structured way. Their classrooms are organized in such a way as to minimize distractions.
Great teachers engage students and get them to look at issues in a variety of ways. Effective teachers use facts as a starting point, not an end point; they ask "why" questions, look at all sides and encourage students to predict what will happen next. They ask questions frequently to make sure students are following along. They try to engage the whole class, and they don't allow a few students to dominate the class. They keep students motivated with varied, lively approaches.
Great teachers form strong relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people. Great teachers are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. Teachers with these qualities are known to stay after school and make themselves available to students and parents who need them. They are involved in school-wide committees and activities, and they demonstrate a commitment to the school.
Great teachers are masters of their subject matter. They exhibit expertise in the subjects they are teaching and spend time continuing to gain new knowledge in their field. They present material in an enthusiastic manner and instill a hunger in their students to learn more on their own.
Great teachers communicate frequently with parents. They reach parents through conferences and frequent written reports home. They don't hesitate to pick up the telephone to call a parent if they are concerned about a student.
DR NABEELA SHAKIL
MA (Pol SCI)
BEd + CT
MEd, BEd, /CT