Knowledge and use of instructional skills
If what is taught is critical, then how it is taught is important as well.
Draw on your teaching methodology
6 effective teaching methods
- Online learning.
- Experiential learning.
- Blended learning.
- Game-based learning.
- Student-centred learning.
A teacher controls two things in the classroom:
How the time is used and one’s instructional decisions. Every teacher is a decision maker
List of Skills Modern Teachers Need
- Keeping up with New Technology. We live in highly advance times – the digital age.
- Communication Skills.
- Online Collaboration.
- Time Management.
- Continual Learning and Updating.
An ability to organise and manage the classroom
Teachers must be able to manage and organise the classroom in which genuine learning and teaching can take place.
Any model you subscribe to will be concerned with class rules, procedures, expectations, accountability, disruptive behaviour, room management, monitoring, signals and the like.
Most experts agree that good teachers are effective managers and good planners. They use the first few weeks of the school year to implement the system they have carefully planned.
Knowledge and skill in using media and materials
Media are things white board, kokis, visual material on the walls, maps, globes and of course the use of the computer technology. Teachers are being challenged to use technology to a greater degree. One of the areas highlighted by the OISESA report was the lack of the use of technology in the classroom. This is something we must intentionally rectify. Staff will be expected to incorporate more technology in their weekly lessons. And not just a short downloaded YouTube video clip, but creating some lessons and assessment which must be done and assessed on-line.
The question teachers must answer is, ‘how will certain media and materials enable pupils to learn something better and more easily?’
Materials are usually in written form, hard copy- text books workbooks, photo copied materials etc.
Knowledge and skills in planning
The vision of Christian education is wonderful, but it is of no value if it does not translate in concrete ways in the classroom. This is where planning is so crucial. It requires more than just copy and pasting the CAPS document into a new year’s folder. It requires an unpacking of the objectives and outcomes of each unit, section, or chapter. To put it another way, get a quarterly overview – macro plan, break it down into the different segments for the quarter, put it into the weeks and then into daily lesson plans- micro plan.
Only after a teacher knows where they want the lesson or unit to go, can they plan effectively.
The frightening conclusion is this… it is the teacher’s personal approach that creates the climate. It is the teacher’s daily mood that makes the weather. The teacher possesses tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. You can humiliate of humour, hurt or heal. In all situations it is your response that determines whether a situation will escalate or de-escalate and the child humanised or de-humanised. Your best prepared lesson will be of no value to a child who does not like you, who has no relationship with you.
A teachers interpersonal skill touches everything they do. So, it is imperative that you and I get our relationship with God sorted out. Our walk with the Lord is of utmost importance because it will affect our attitudes, communication and relationships with adults and children.
Teaching is an overwhelming task, but it is also an incredible opportunity that God has called us to. We must know that we cant do this on our own… God will be our God – He will be with us in our classrooms, when we consult with parents and when we interact with our colleagues.
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”