Honesty and Truth A Message to Teachers

A Message to TeachersReality lies in the fact that one can acquire peace and contentment only when he is into that which pleases him and makes him a better person in addition to making his life worth-living.

I believe, real people are those who roll honestly no matter what grounds they fall on. Honesty undoubtedly is the best policy and not all have the power to be honest in everything that they do. We can not force anyone to be honest neither can anyone be asked to be honest nor can a law be made against such a person who fails to be honest.

Being honest with one’s profession is the best of all the core values. There are certain core values that define a person. We all have some good points and some negative ones. Some positive traits and some negative traits.

Life is not at all about being perfect, but if we need this world to be a better place and everything to go smooth, we should be honest. ALLAH blesses a person so much when he rolls on being the way ALLAH has asked him to be. The right path has been told to us.

The good and the bad lies ahead of us. At every point in life, we find hurdles that do not let us move forward achieving all that we want to. Being honest costs nothing. The conscience of a person when stays satiated, nothing goes wrong. Even in the little a person can find goodness and peace.

The only thing that we entirely fail to understand is the importance of the core values. Core values need to be guarded and looked-after.

Wonderful are the teachers who teach wonderfully and impart knowledge asking students what they lack and how can improvement be brought in their technique and style of teaching on the contrary, absurd are those who keep grudges against students in their hearts when they themselves do not teach, HONESTLY.

Not all the students are alike. Some stand up for their cause alone and some represent the issues of others. Types vary from place to place and time to time.

It is not right to go against students just because they said the truth which merely was against you and you did not like it. If all that they said as in feedback was true, then there lies no point to do deductions in their papers or look at them with anger.

Students who do well; get 100% paper done and marks get given to them on the basis of a grudge, YOU HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS TO STAND UP FOR TRUTH. NO MATTER WHAT SOMEONE TELLS YOU. WRONG-DOERS keep doing wrong-doings because WE people stay silent.

Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said:

“whosoever of you sees an evil, change it with your HAND. If you can not change it with hand, change it with your tongue and if you can not change it with your tongue, consider it bad in heart”

Elucidation:

Halt the bad with force. If you can not, then talk about it and try stopping it and even if you can not do that then at least consider it bad in your heart.

10 Tips To Ensure Staff Observations Improve Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Improve TeachingI have been considering the decision of Ofsted to stop grading individual lessons during inspections. The reason is understandable – they did not want to give the impression that the impact of teaching, learning and assessment can be condensed into a snapshot of one lesson. This has triggered many providers to evaluate their procedures for judging the quality of their provision with some implementing non graded observations. But is this ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’?

Many words have been written on the effectiveness as well as the detrimental effects on staff of carrying out graded observations. But what must not be forgotten is that, when the approach and focus is right, observations themselves are an integral part of a staff member’s continuous professional development.

How to make sure observations really do contribute to improving teaching, learning and assessment? You must ensure the following apply:

1. All staff know the purpose of observing/being observed – a tool for informing CPD, an opportunity to share good practice.

2. Observers are well trained to observe, record and deliver feedback.

3. The observation judgement criteria focuses on learning.

4. There is an equal ‘power’ balance between the observer and observe; they regard each other as supportive professionals. The types of observations carried out include peer-support observations.

5. Observees actively contribute to the feedback.

6. Observations are only one of a number of sources of information used to assess the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Others include learners’ progress, the standard of their work and their feedback etc., over time.

7. Judgement grading descriptors are less contentious and more supportive. e.g. support needed, good practice seen etc. Giving some criteria judgement make it easy to see improvements after remedial actions.

8. Staff are encouraged to be involved with their own learning by contributing to observation feedback, discussing their future needs and how they do/can contribute to the organisations improvement and by completing their own CPD.

9. The process has credibility and shows clearly staff development needs as identified, actioned, followed up – and the impact they have made.

10. Good practice is identified and readily shared through the organisation and with subcontractors.

Do you agree with the above but lack of time and the weight of the admin burden is preventing you getting the most from your observations? Maybe your present system is built around spreadsheets? In this case I would encourage you to investigate an online software system that allows layered levels of access, according to staff positions in the organization.

 

Educational Tips for Government, Parents, Teachers and Students

Educational TipsIMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION! A word that animates my face whenever I hear it. According to Google, education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. Well, to me, education is the learning about new ideas, places and the world itself.

There is a great difference between being literate and being educated; the ability to read and write is being literate while being educated is to be able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your advantage.

We ask ourselves sometimes, why is education important, education is very important in our day-to-day activities, I strongly believe that by the time you are through with this article, you would be able to see the importance of education.

First and foremost, being educated makes a person happy. An educated person has little or no job insecurity, no inferiority complex as he/she would be able to defend his/her word anywhere and anytime due to his well organized understanding of the world. Truly, education is not the key to happiness, but it is definitely the key to a lot of other things which come together to make you happy.

Also, being educated gives the will to keep trying till you succeed. An uneducated person may have better intellectual and labour capacity, but there will be the lack of understanding of multiple ways to achieve their goals which is an obstacle.

Being educated also leads to economic growth of the nation. When the people of a nation are EDUCATED and not LITERATE, they would definitely carve ways to be self sufficient. When the people in a society are economically independent, it will serve as a stepping stone to combined productivity that leads to the economic growth of the nation as a whole. Countries like Russia, Canada, Japan, Israel and the United states have been ranked the 5 most educated countries in the world because of the percentage of people who went to school up to the tertiary level but the question is: are they really educated?

An educated person would be able to keep up with evolution. You can only keep up with evolution if you are aware of them. When I say evolution, I mean things like Whatsapp. Imagine what the world would be like without Whatsapp, Facebook, Nimbuzz, Skype, etc, since all these are made to simplify life.

Education makes one logical. An uneducated person would see evolution as an evil machinery. Remember, being educated does not mean you can’t read or write, it means you can’t apply your literacy in your day-to-day life. I was talking to a woman in my area and she was telling me that online shops like Jumia, Konga, etc are the devil’s machinery. Just think, does this mean this person can’t read or write, of course not, she can read and write but it just means she is uneducated. I had to take time to let her know that online shops makes shopping easier for a busy person and also the other benefits attached to it even though it has its own disadvantages like fraud, but only an uneducated person, mind you, I don’t mean an illiterate but an uneducated person that would be defrauded.

There are other benefits attached to education, but I would like to drop my pen here.

Be Educated!!!

How to Be a Nice Teacher

Nice TeacherA while back, I read a book entitled “Fires in the Bathroom”, which describes some students” struggles as high “schoolers” from their perspectives. What I came away with was the idea that students want to be understood and accepted as individuals. The social care is primary while the academic care is secondary. The major theme in the text was that students wanted their teachers to know that they had lives outside of school. Students want to know whether a teacher can identify with their daily struggles. In other words, the relationship piece is essential because students come with a historical, cultural and social phenomenon which teachers must take into account.

Teachers need to have this sense of awareness of not only what is going on inside the classroom but also personally on some level. This requires genuine caring on the teacher’s part which is a symbol for approachability, open mindedness and positivity. The “nice” teacher needs all these elements packaged in his/her demeanor, behavior, and teaching style. For the fortunate one, it may be natural while others have to acquire these talents or skills. Quintessentially, there must be a genuine desire and interest to be that” nice” teacher.

Nice, being the operative word here is not just relegated to superficial acts of kindness, flattery, political correctness or even politeness. There is some wisdom in the statement that:” people will forget what you said and did, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.” Now, let’s reverse that: “What do you say about and to yourself? Is it kind? One will be genuinely kind to others only if he knows how to kind to himself? How do you handle school related stress? Are you open to growth, personally and professionally? Are you relatable, awake and aware? Are you flexible, fair and organized and willing to seek support in those areas if necessary? To be approachable, open-minded and positive are gifts that you can offer to your students but the teacher has to offer those gifts to himself or herself first. It is a continual process of self-development on the path of leadership.

Some students want their teacher to help them garner a sense of self-respect and accomplishment. They are components of the inner and outer states of being. Being “nice” or pleasant is to show the beauty inherent in education in tangible and intangible ways. The process of education is to help one come into his full orbed greater self and to be satisfied with what we see in the mirror and in others’ mirrors. The teacher is a mirror to the students and vice versa. The wise teacher recognizes that he/she has much to learn from the students and vice versa.

At the secondary level, some students have come to expect a greater level of involvement in their education. For the teacher, this is about releasing control and being vulnerable to some extent. This teacher may be able to do that if he/she is confident in his/her craft and he has managed to balance his professional and personal life. He/she is also at a point of achieving a relatively, satisfied, happy state of being. A stressed, overwhelmed teacher is not usually approachable and positive. My advice to teachers is to take care of yourselves so that you can be fully present for your students.

Effective Teaching Tips From Experienced Tutors

Effective TeachingOne of the problems that many parents today face when it comes to their kids’ studies, is the poor performance in their math subjects. Most of these kids claim that numbers are just naturally confusing, and they become even more so when lessons progress to algebra levels. Classroom learning, where too little leeway is provided if students fail to understand a new lesson, makes the subject even more difficult. There is typically not enough time for students to ask questions and the teachers are too busy to personally guide the ones who are struggling.

In other cases, they are simply in too much of a hurry to get the lessons over and done with. School dynamics are not likely to undergo reforms yet, which is why most parents entrust their children’s learning of math to tutorial centers.

These tutorial centers are the solution to a lot of students’ diminished morale thanks to their less than passable performance in school. With focused guidance, struggling students can learn what they missed or didn’t understand in the classroom. But it is not just helping the children with schoolwork and teaching them what they do not understand that make these tutorial centres very effective. These tutors who help the kids struggling in Math claim that it’s their non-cookie cutter approach that really works well for their tutees.

The first thing they focus on is their connection with their tutees. It’s imperative to develop a solid connection with these children who think or believe that their teachers don’t really care if they learn or not. Such perceptions are corrected so that children will be more receptive to the guidance of their tutors.

The second thing they address is their tutees’ learning style. To make teaching optimally effective, it has to match a child’s learning style. By taking this into consideration, lessons and activities can be designed more appropriately.

And lastly, they make sure that they deal with their tutees’ learning issues with patience, compassion and understanding; this is because children automatically “shut down” when they have a negative experience with the person teaching them or if their needs are seemingly neglected. The tutors constantly remind the young ones that they have an ally in them.

 

5 Easy Ways to Promote Your School

Promote Your SchoolYou might not think that you need to promote your school, but the fact of the matter is that you do. Although your school is part of the fabric of your local community, there are other schools in the neighborhood. Many times parents do have choices in terms of where they place their children.

You want your school to be the first place parents consider when determining the education of their children. You want your school to be the place community leaders cite as an example of a quality education.

There are several avenues for you to promote your school:

Get Your School Press Coverage

You’ve probably heard that there’s a ton of press releases being distributed. There’s a reason for that, it works. In this world tremendous amounts of information are shared every day. Traditional and new media outlets are constantly looking for new stories. Set a schedule at the beginning of each school year. Promote something in the media each month. This helps your community see you as an important and leading player in your district.

Build a solid relationship with your local neighborhood associations. Most of these groups disseminate information about what’s happening in the neighborhood through their own emails or newsletters. Local reporters scan for information from these associations. Journalists then create stories to place in media.

Partner with Local Businesses

Businesses want to be good corporate citizens. One of the ways they get to burnish their own reputations in the community is to do something for a local school or nonprofit. In many communities, schools partner with local businesses. They do so especially during the holidays. Sometimes businesses sponsor for a certain number of days a percentage of sales (typically 10 to 15 percent) to schools and charity.

In return, schools can issue press releases and even promote their events on their websites and social media.

Get in Front of Local Politicians

Let’s face it, local politicians want to get votes. You can like them or not, but they always want to look good to their constituents.

Politicians can serve as good amplifiers for your school. The fact they’re always looking to get in the news can be a good thing for your school. If you invite politicians to your school, you can promote it, but so will they. Invite your local state senator or council person to be principle for the day (or at least the morning).

Don’t Lose Track of Your Alumni

High schools are good about keeping in touch with their alumni. But, just because you work at an elementary school it doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to alums. Many people have very good memories of their schools. You can use this to your advantage.

Make it a point to find one or two key people in every class. Reach out to them. Ask them to help you connect with other alums. With the advent of social media, so many schools have Facebook alumni pages grow organically. And, when you do find these alums, consider creative fundraising and opportunities to keep them engaged (e.g. fun fundraisers, mentorship programs, class fundraising, etc.).

Feeder Schools Are a Great Natural Ally

Feeder schools should be viewed as strategic partners beyond offering a pipeline of students. Relationships can be leveraged to the benefit of your school and theirs.

Always keep good relationships, but think about complimentary programs that you can promote together. Consider events you can both do, get your community to support and participate, and promote these events together. Think of joint fairs, fundraisers and special unity days.

There are other constituents to help promote your school, such as your own students and parent groups. But, the bottom line is to always seek to keep your school front and center in your community. Remember that all of your constituents are amplifiers and can’t help you spread the good word about your school.

Early Education

Early EducationI am a Director of an early childhood center. I wanted to take the time to inform the community, particularly the parents of the community, of several opportunities that exists right in our area. Early Education! I am aware that the parents of this community are heavily involved in the welfare and of the achievements of their children. From the moment of their birth they are beginning to learn and collect information, even while still in their mother’s womb. Education plays a large role in our children’s welfare, now and later in life. I would like to make you aware of the different opportunities that there are available in this community, that will allow your child to be in an educationally enriched environment. If you haven’t heard of the term Early Education, let me share with you some background and research on the subject.

Common Misconceptions

In the past when people heard the word childcare, they may have automatically thought of a place that simply watched over your child while you were at work, or tending to some other duties, and at one time that may have been the case, but so much has changed in the course of 30 years. Early education centers are held to much higher standards than they were back then. Early education Programs, follow a steady flow of rules and regulation that dictate how we are to go about our day to day business and with that we implement a high functioning curriculum that addresses and guides the teacher’s lesson planning, assist them how to better target a child’s strengths and address any potential delays which will result in bettering the outcome of the children.

Research

Research shows that when children are exposed to early learning experiences before they turn five, they have long term benefits and their school readiness scores are substantially being risen. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said, “High-quality early childhood education and full-day kindergarten are fundamental to a student’s long term success and shouldn’t be determined by their parents ‘income… {It}is the right thing to do.” One well-known study, the High Scope Perry Preschool Study, found that individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program ultimately earned up to $2,000 more per month than those who were not. Young people who were in preschool programs are more likely to graduate from high school, to own homes, and have longer marriages. With all the different resources available to parents now, it would behoove the parents of the community to take advantage of this opportunity.

Support

The State of Florida offers its support to Early Education Programs through various means. OEL (office of early learning) offer pilot programs which allows programs to potentially strengthen their staff, by investing time, teaching, and funding, the training they provide largely enrich the teacher’s knowledge of the field. Which is in turn put back into the classroom instruction.

Coalitions also contribute greatly to the success of such programs. Adding assistance to Educational Centers and Institutes providing collaboration with those related in the field, planning meetings and hand in hand working with families through their child’s formative years. They also provide health screenings for children, to identify any potential delays that may hinder a child’s cognitive growth. Along with vast resources that contribute to the overall success to Individual programs.

Unique Opportunity

There are a few aspects of early education programs that benefit families on a more personal level. One is that from the time you drop off your child to the time they leave, your child is in an enriched learning environment. Early educators are taught to not only scaffold the classroom environment to encourage higher learning, but consciously use each moment of the day as teachable moments. by actively scheduling in their lesson plans well laid out strategies that target different areas of learning, such as cognitive, social emotional, physical both large motor skills and fine motor and language skills.

Another thing that is unique to Early Education Programs is that, the amount of time in which we have the children. Most Programs have the ability to stay open for a longer period of time, opening early in the morning and closing later in the afternoon. This gives parents a more flexible time to arrange their affairs, and give the children an opportunity to get more hands on experience, which they largely need at that particular age in life. It prepares them for what they will encounter later on when they come of age to enter public school.

Calibration between Professionals

Collaboration between teachers continues to be essential when it comes to children leaving the preschool program, and entering Kindergarten. The Preschool teacher really become, the voice of the child when it comes to what strengths, and weaknesses that may exist. The kindergarten teacher will have a better view of the child’s potential, and can use the information that’s been collected to aid in his, her assessment and planning. The information shared on each child can really go a long way in ensuring the ease of transition. If we continue to see collaboration between Professionals, it will help in easing the transitional period, when entering Kindergarten.

 

Teachers Are Teaching, BUT Are Students Understanding?

Teachers Are TeachingWe live in an age where the number of discussions about education reform, teacher accountability, and dropout rates have become the basis of news reports, research topics, and even dinner conversation topics. Many educators feel the overwhelming pressures of high-stakes testing, the lack of parental involvement, biased teacher evaluation systems, and limited amounts of instructional time to sufficiently address all of the academic standards prior to the end of the school year. At times, as an educator, it becomes difficult to decipher through it all in order to figure out what to do to meet the needs of the divergent learners that come into our classrooms. It is because of this difficulty, which in part, may explain the alarming number of teachers choosing to leave the profession altogether. With so many challenges, many may ask: “Well, what is the answer to improving student learning?” The answer is that in the midst of it all, educators must remain committed to the one element within education that is within their control, which is authentic and purposeful teaching. This type of teaching occurs when teachers seek to teach so that their students understand because without understanding learning ceases to exist. In order to teach for understanding, teachers can choose to focus their energies to committing to three key principles: teaching the whole child, taking careful mental notes along the way, and making the learning process a reciprocal process.

So, let’s begin! Teaching the whole child takes work because in order to teach the whole child, you must know the whole child. This requires studying your students. As, we study our students, it is necessary that we endeavor to collect artifacts or data that offers insight as to what they are heard saying and observed doing. The information gained aids teachers in making accurate inferences relative to student learning. Through student observations, value is placed on the qualitative data that children can offer, but in today’s society, the quantitative data or numerical value that can be derived from test scores have unfortunately gained more value. So, our students have been oftentimes seen more as numbers rather than actual people. For example, consider the times that you have had the opportunity to participate in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, or a Data Team meeting. Think about how the strengths and needs of various students were identified. You may recall hearing the number of grade levels that a child may have been performing at in comparison to his or her peers or the number of words that a child could read fluently within a minute. Indeed, the numbers can provide vital sources of information, but they are not the only sources of information that educators can glean from. So, instead of “talking numbers”, educators should seek every opportunity to learn why students perform at the level that they do. This is not a superficial task, but one that requires work and dedication.

Secondly, it is so critical that teachers make mental notes before teaching, while teaching, and after teaching. Engaging in a reflective practice is so necessary if teachers endeavor to be more than what Wiggins and McTighe identify as “coverage teachers”, but instead, teachers that are truly invested in their students’ ability to understand what is taught. Making these mental notes requires that you monitor the level of engagement, motivation, and interest that your learners take in the learning process that you have been assigned to facilitate. Recording these mental notes, requires that teachers not only engage in observing their students, but that they also strive to make connections that will help them to assess where their students are, where they are as the teacher, where understanding is occurring, where there may be potential breakdowns in understanding, and what next steps should be considered in moving forward. Making mental notes is advantageous because it gives the students the opportunity to benefit from responsive teaching, which means that the teacher is not teaching at them, but teaching for them… for them to understand.

Lastly, in order for students to understand what is taught, they must be invited to be a part of the process. Authentic and effective teaching is grounded in inviting students to engage in a process where reciprocity occurs. This reciprocity takes the form of teachers being willing to teach their students and to learn from them, and where students are willing to do the same. Believe it or not, there is a great deal that our students can and will teach us, if we give them permission to do so. We no longer live in an age where teachers serve as the sole provider of dispensing knowledge, but students can take on this role as well. Teachers can and must create a learning environment in which students’ thinking is valued, their opinions are welcomed, and their experiences are invited. In the absence of these components, students become disengaged and teachers struggle to teach for understanding.

Just like anything else in the world of academia, the three principles in this article can not simply be remembered, but must truly become embedded within the “teaching DNA” of an educator if they are to be truly practiced. These principles must be adopted as a part of the educator’s teaching philosophy, and not to be dismissed when new administrative mandates are introduced or drastic shifts in students’ behavior occur. Instead, teachers must remember that each principle discussed in this article is the source for relationship-building. “Good” teaching, which is teaching for understanding, is most evident, when teachers strive to build healthy, genuine relationships with their students.

 

Teaching Strategies That Can Help Motivate Students and Improve Learning

Teaching StrategiesOne of the teacher’s roles is to help the student improve on their learning skills and prepare for lifelong learning. Online tutoring services should promote the following productive learning skills: Concentrating, reading and listening, time management, remembering, creative thinking, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration so, students can acquire skills they need to be productive.

To promote learner development in a way that draws out and gives form to what the student already knows, the teacher or tutor should provide mentorship in online tutoring websites.

PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS IN LEARNING

Modern theories of learning emphasize the need to think while learning because learning and thinking are related. As an educational goal of online math tutoring for kids, helping the child in learning how to think more productively by being able to generate ideas and to evaluate those ideas will lead to possible best solutions in problem-solving.

Critical thinkers must be creative thinkers as well in order to find best solutions.

Most often when a problem drags on, it is not because we cannot tell if the determined solution is the best, it only shows the gap in our inability to find the best solution available because no one has thought about it yet.

Designing a process for problem solving and combining creative-and-critical thinking skills can help the student improve their learning skills in an online tutoring platform. This combination process results in productive thinking.

MOTIVATIONAL PERSUASION AND LEARNING STRATEGIES

Humans learn because it is fun or it is useful in our present situation or both. When students discover that learning is fun, they want to partake in it more often and more skilfully, in different ways.

There are a variety of ways in which students think productively. According to Howard Gardner, “An intelligence is the ability to solve problems, or create products, that are valued within one or more cultural settings”. Teachers and tutors alike should design teaching strategies that will be beneficial for students, using different learning styles.

One of the goals of education is to develop sharp analytical mind in the student vis a vis developing intelligences and help the student reach their full academic potential to face tough competition in the future. Students, who are helped to do so, will be more engaged, competent and inclined to serve humanity constructively.

Teacher and student working together in education improve goal matching due to combining goal-directed teaching and goal- directed learning. The prefect school environment should promote teamwork between teachers and students. Close matching between teacher and student goals can be achieved in two (2) ways; by teacher adjusting their goals to more closely match the way students think and by persuading students to adjust their thinking, so teacher goals become their learning goals. This way, they can embrace the teacher’s educational goals for them. Students want enjoyable, satisfactory and fun-filled learning sessions.

A teacher/tutor can achieve better learning results by adjusting to student goals and persuading them. These strategies also applies in learn it online tutoring platforms.

Self directed learning, places the responsibility of learning directly on the learner. This promotes the deeper learner approach. Deeper learning is demonstrated by the learners’ ability to explain a topic to others, apply it and consider related theories.

TEACHING STRATEGIES THAT MOTIVATE

In trying to persuade the student, the teacher/tutor should consider total motivation, as many students performance to a large extent is a reflection of their mindset.

Self perceptions of student always affect how they learn and perform.

One of the determinants of learning is motivation. When students feel a sense of belonging they are motivated to learn and do well in school.

One strategy to help students perform well in school as well as in online tutoring services is for teacher/tutor to care about their social as well as academic needs.

Social factors in the form of interpersonal relationship with peers, parents, and teachers are directly related to the students’ emotions. Emotions have been shown to play an important role in motivation and learning.

Another teaching strategy that promotes motivation is to keep students engaged or make each learning session engaging. Task-oriented and engaging outlook in learning is associated with deeper learning.

To facilitate task-oriented and engaging outlook strategy, teacher needs to evaluate each student on a personal level than comparing students’ performance against each other.

Specifically, this strategy to make the students learning session engaging involves taking what the students know from real life examples and using that concept in classroom learning. Students are motivated by knowing that what they learn in classroom and learn it online tutoring sessions is relevant to their daily life activities.

 

3 Foundational Techniques to Help You Teach Public Speaking to Youths

Public Speaking to YouthsPublic speaking is a skill that can benefit you for life. The earlier you master the art and science of public speech, the more time you have to enjoy the benefits it can bring to your personal and professional life. Unfortunately, delivering a speech in public is often rated as the number one fear in surveys; people are generally more fearful of giving a speech in public as compared to jumping from great heights, facing insects, and even facing death!

Therefore, the best time to pick up public speaking is when one is in school. Seek to conquer the fear of public speaking before entering the workforce.

Here are three techniques teachers can use to support their students in honing their public speaking skills.

Technique #1: Start small by asking open-ended questions

If your students are shy or introverted by nature, you can start getting them to speak up by asking open ended questions. Open-ended questions facilitate thinking, learning and speaking by allowing students to elaborate and expand on their answers. For example, you can ask questions such as “What would you do if you are the main character in the story?”, “What new ideas do you have with regards to this project?” or “What are the pros and cons of… ?”

Then, get students to start sharing their answers and opinions even by speaking out from their desks. This is one way to kickstart their learning process on public speaking.

Technique #2: Create more opportunities to speak

As a teacher, there are many ways in which you can create more opportunities for students to speak in class. For example, appoint a student to deliver a three-minute presentation on what they have learned in the previous class. You can also appoint a student to deliver a short speech on what they have done for a recent group or individual project, or deliver a short presentation on how they have managed to solve a mathematics question. The possibilities are endless!

The bottom-line is to give students opportunities to speak whenever the opportunity arises. You can build these opportunities into your curriculum in a purposeful manner.

Technique #3: Always be encouraging

Students who are shy will need lots of encouragement to stand in front of their classmates in the first place. Give them your greatest encouragement, acknowledge the strengths in their public speaking skills that they already possess, and embrace mistakes. After all, these are learning opportunities for your students, isn’t it?

Conclusion

These three methods presented in this article are designed to kickstart the public speaking journey of students in your class. They also create the foundations in which other instructional methods of public speaking can be subsequently employed. Therefore, give these techniques a try in your next class.