Rita Pierson - what more can I say? Here is an inspirational video that every new teacher should watch. Rita's special delivery and a superior message about being every child's champion will set the stage for a superior teaching career.
Climate, efficiency, and delivery are all important facets of developing an effective teaching and learning environment. New teachers may use these strategies verbatim or revise them to fit their own personal style. Either way, the ideas in this article are invaluable.
Every tip is a good one here; however, I especially like numbers 5, 7, 10-12. Sometimes teachers get so caught up in delivering content that they forget about essentials -- the students' home life, enthusiasm for new challenges, or unique methods for engagement.
I LOVE, love, love this idea and plan to use it this coming year. Instead of having students sitting in class and hiding from questions, direct all students to stand up and share. This seems like a given, but the twist is that until a student shares, he/she must remain standing! This plan pumps energy into a lesson or can serve as a hook.
Start watching the video at the three-minute mark even though the gentleman's accent may engage you from the start! Basically, this is simple but effective advice - control what happens at the door PRIOR to students entering your class. Greet them, teach them respect, and hold them to your expectations for proper behavior.
This video tells it like it is -- most kids are not overly enthusiastic about school so it is the teacher's job to use "everything in their disposal" to engage students - the author suggests that teachers are the gas or the energy needed for students' cars: their enthusiasm and engagement.