9 things to be avoided to become a good teacher

Now here in this essay or article, I have given 9 things that a teacher should not do in the class or at the school level. How you can teach the students effectively is a matter of many aspects. There are certain qualities that make a teacher successful. As a teacher how will you teach the students at school? How will you entertain the class? How will you teach the class in a fun way?

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Apart from all these things, there are certain other things that are of primary importance. That is related to teachers' personality and character. Let us see the list of 9 things that you should avoid if you want to become a good teacher.

9 things a good teacher should not do in class

In the pursuit of education, the role of a teacher is undeniably decisive. As a student is a learner, a teacher is a person, who activates his creative faculty and induces in him an urge to know more. Aristotle says,
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these [parents] only give life, those [teachers] the art of living.

A good and successful teacher always tries to use cooperation, understanding, and discussion as agents for effective learning and development. There are also certain things that a teacher ought to avoid. 

This article will help you understand your responsibilities as a teacher, the effects of your actions on students, and how your misbehavior may lessen the productive nature of education.

1. Teach unenthusiastically/unwillingly

The foremost quality of a teacher is his honesty and dedication to his profession. What education demands from you is your honesty. Avoid pursuing the profession of teaching for granted. 

As without interest nobody can do anything well, before joining the field of teaching, ask yourself: whether you are consciously prepared and interested to teach students or not? This phase of decision-making is beneficial in two ways. 

One is that you will not be bothered by the profession you have no interest in. Second is that your disinterestedness will not cause the failure of many students. Hence, introspection before opting for this profession is necessary for both individual and collective benefits.

2. Teach Without Preparation

A teacher not only activates the creative faculty of the students but also acts as a mentor of theirs. It is necessary for a teacher to already have extensive knowledge about the topic he is teaching. Keeping this in view, never teach anything unless you have ample knowledge about it.

If it is contrary, your lecture will most likely lead to misinformation, misperception or misconception. Moreover, unprepared lectures bring embarrassment if you are asked any questions during the class. It is for this reason that educationists lay great emphasis on preparing the lecture well before delivering it to the class.

3. Be So Dull Or So Frank

One of the mistakes that most teachers usually make is that they do not consider the psychological state of the students. It is often seen during the classes that teachers’ dry approach toward the topic makes it difficult and makes it harder for students to understand it. 

This happens oftentimes in science lectures. It is, therefore, advised that the teachers should be as diverse as they can be in terms of interaction and pedagogy. Humor, during a lecture, attracts students’ attention to what the teacher is teaching. 

If you are a teacher, you are supposed to adopt a balanced approach to teaching. Neither absolute strictness nor absolute leniency is appropriate in the process of teaching.

4. Get Personal with Students

Besides being a tutor, a teacher also a person, who elevates the moral standards of the students. A teacher ought to teach students in a way that they become an asset for society, not a liability. It cannot be doubted the man is a combination of both good and evil. It is the function of education to repress the evil and bring up in good. 

In this way, a teacher is supposed to be a practitioner of moral values. Educationists, therefore, advise teachers to never get personal with students even if a student disrespects the teacher, shows stubbornness, fails to complete his assignments, or act mischievously in the class. 

One reason for this is that it vanishes the margin between being a teacher and being a student, it lowers down the teacher to the mental level of the students. 

Moreover, if a teacher acts alike, his misbehavior would strengthen the bad habits in that ill-mannered student. Try to treat students gently and politely.

5. Impose Your Ideas

The prime task of a teacher is to enable a student’s ability to think. He or she is supposed to act as a stimulator for students to create new ideas. Therefore, never impose your ideas on students. Always give them opportunities and space for expressing their belief about life and its aspects. 

Since the imposition of ideas stagnates the mind of a student. This problem is identified as a flaw in many education systems. 

Try your best to equip the students with analytical abilities, not with obsolete ideologies. Giving students the freedom of creation and innovation makes them thinkers, not mere learners.

6. Humiliate Students for Grades

It is a reality that some educational systems have some teachers who humiliate students for not getting grades.

This has until now even led to the suicides of countless students. As you are reading this article to become a good teacher, never abuse students in any way. It has a sever negative impact on their learning and thinking process.

7. Look Down On the Students

It is unworthy a teacher to disregard, discourage or disappoint any student. Although everyone is given consciousness, its potentiality may vary from person to person. In the field of education, not all students are alike in understanding and performance. 

A teacher’s job is to keep trying to maximize the ability of a student to understand and perform well. In this respect, looking down on any student equates to discouraging him. Education psychology suggests that a teacher ought to be optimistic and must look forward to the betterment of even the worst students. 

It is, therefore, highly recommended to never disregard the abilities of a student even if he does not perform well in his studies.

8. Be Closed to Learning

Even a learned philosopher like Socrates in his life confessed his ignorance and declared that learning is a constant process. He profoundly says, “I know that I know nothing.” 

A teacher must keep in mind he is an imperfect being and may sometimes be wrong. It is seen that teachers perceive it as a threat to their ego if a student, even politely, tries to correct their misconceptions. 

It is recommended that instead of repressing the ideas of students try to encourage them. It builds confidence in the students.

9. Show Biasness

Educationists expect a teacher to regard, praise, and appreciate the credibility of good students. However, the appreciation must not translate into providing unconditional preference to any student regardless of how he performs. 

It is for this reason that favoritism is deemed to be sheer discrimination in the field of education. It pushes many into a feeling of inferiority and depreciates their abilities. It is worthy of a teacher to equally treat the students during the lectures and even while marking. 

A teacher is, therefore, supposed to get connected to the individuality of each student, which is necessary for understanding, cooperation, and development.

Have more ideas? Tell us in the comments. It will be your valued contribution to this article.

Author: Syed Afaq Ali

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