I asked my class recently what advice they would like to give teachers and here’s what they came up with:
- Teachers should make their expectations really clear so you know you can’t produce sub-standard work.
- Teachers should experiment and try things out with their students.
- Start of easy, then up the ante as the year goes on.
- Make sure there is enough time to do everything.
- Make sure the work isn’t too hard or too easy.
- Make what you want from kids really clear. Make sure kids understand what they’re doing.
- Listen to the kids’ ideas.
- Make tasks fun to do. Like interactive games.
- Choose tasks that force kids to become more independent.
- Make the tasks suit individual people.
- Do crazy, weird stuff. Often these ideas really work.
- Teach different skills throughout the year.
- Don’t shout at kids.
- Read what the kids write.
- Have a joke and a break with us.
- Don’t try and scare us into doing the right thing.
- Don’t push us too much if we are having trouble. Push us hard enough to make us do our best.
- Let us talk and collaborate, share and help each other.