After reading this article I have realized there are many important facts to remember in order to be not just a great teacher, but to be the best. I want to be the best teacher I can be for a student.
The author, Richard Leblanc (1998), York University, Ontario, summed up what I felt when he said, “At the end of the day, good teaching is about having fun, experiencing pleasure and intrinsic rewards….Good teachers practice their craft not for the money or because they have to, but because they truly enjoy it and because they want to. Good teachers couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” (p.2).
After reading this article I realized there are many things that can motivate a student. The author Lana Becker and Kent N. Schneider, East Tennessee State University, developed eight simple rules that would help motivate a student to learn.
I believe rules seven and eight are the most crucial because they deal with how a student feels. Although teaching techniques are very important I believe it is also important to deal with the feelings of a student as well.
Becker and Schneider (2004) believed, “Give students their dignity, and they will give you their best efforts.” They went on to say, “Hold students to a high standard. If students are not required to maintain a specified level of learning and performance, only the most highly motivated students will devote the time and effort necessary to learn,” (p.2).
The ghost author of this author, brings out some very relevant points on how to deal with a child’s difficult behavior. I have learned from this article that it is okay to ignore behavior. You don’t have to bring to light every wrong thing a child does. It can actually make the situation worse. It can make the child feel as if they are getting attention for their bad behavior, which will encourage them to continue behaving in that manner.
The author writes, “Instead of holding your students with an iron grip, allow them to be themselves until (and unless) their behavior distracts you or the other in the class,” (“Difficult Behaviors,” 1988).
In the end we all just want to be the best teacher we can possibly be. It is important that we remember: “If teaching were easy, everyone would be doing it.” “Teaching in front of a classroom full of students can be challenging, but on the other hand, very rewarding!” (Difficult Behaviors,1988, p.3).) To learn more about these articles visit: http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/motiv8rules.htm