Strategies for Daily Teaching
Teaching Feedback from a Veteran Teacher
The following feedback was given by an awesome veteran teacher to a new student teacher on her first day of teaching. This feedback is not only useful but also realistic and applicable to most new (and many veteran) teachers daily classroom skills. Use this page as a reminder to yourself of things you can immediately do to enhance your teaching skills.
Note: This is copied exactly as it was given to the new teacher.
You do not talk loud enough.
You talk too fast.
You do not seek enough student feedback – at the end of the class is too late.
Ask obvious questions
This is good information well presented but do not assume the class readily knows the same background you do. (Basic Geography and Political Relations)
Get feedback frequently from various class members. Ask the ‘slow ones’; ask the ‘bright ones’. Do they both follow you?
How about a ‘short quiz’ tomorrow on these notes?
Assess Students Equitably
Incorporate time-honored precepts of universal human equality into your methodologies before you presume to teach any multiethnic, multiracial, multireligious class of children.
The easiest way to enhance your understanding of human-rights principles is to reread documents such as the constitution, the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776 by the great American statesman (and eventual President) Thomas Jefferson, which declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. …”
You can also peruse the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, which states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with conscience and should act toward one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
In other words, outmoded notions of racial superiority, class superiority, gender superiority, or other ideas relegating people to subjugation and injustice have been branded obsolete by legislatures throughout history. Do you know a teacher who still subscribes to such precepts? Does he express these ideas to you through racist, sexist, or homophobic remarks?
Tell your friend that the teaching profession isn’t for him. “Teachers must treat all with respect and do all they can to maximize appropriate opportunities for progression for all,” I believe that pupils have the right not only to contribute to society but also to develop their own individual identities free from the preconceived stereotypes of their role in society. I believe all students are equal in human terms.
If your friend isn’t ready to embrace equal-rights concepts, he can’t function as a teacher in our diverse, multicultural society. Suggest instead that he find a job where his prejudices won’t cause as much damage as they would if he were to be unleashed in a classroom of innocent children.