Presentation on theme: "The “Ten Commandments” of Effective Teaching*"— Presentation transcript:
1 The “Ten Commandments” of Effective Teaching* *and we are ALL teachersRick Albrecht, Ph.D. Department of Movement Science Grand Valley State UniversityCopyright Dr. Rick Albrecht., 2003
2 Ten Commandments of Teaching Motivate Yourself FirstIf you can’t motivate yourself -- how can you ever expect to motivate others?Motivation is contagiousYour learners will take their cues from youDevelop a TGIM attitudeIf you don’t LOVE what you do … go do what you LOVE
3 Ten Commandments of Teaching Understand The Importance of Your Role as a TeacherYou are very often the most important person in the lives of your learnersYour influence (positive or negative) will stay with your learners for a lifetime (and beyond)They will “pass along” what you’ve given to them (positive or negative) to the next generation -- you will always serve as their model
4 Understand The Importance of Your Role as a Teacher Our society has determined you have the necessary skills and abilities to take on perhaps the most important job it has … to pass its culture and knowledge on to our next generationThink of the numbers of people you will directly and indirectly influence …
5 Here’s an Example of The Impact You Can Have … I have approximately 150 “new” students each year at GVSU…If I teach for 20 years = 3,000 studentsIf they each have 50 students a year, my students and I, impact 150,000 students even if each of them teaches for only one yearIf they each teach for 20 years my students and I will have combined to influence over 3,000,000 STUDENTS!
6 Ten Commandments of Teaching Totally Commit Yourself to the Notion That the Desire to LEARN is an Innate Human Characteristic…All people are motivated to learnAll people are motivated to become proficient and competent at the things they doIt’s your job to maintain this natural motivation and excitement your students have for learning“First, Do No Harm” (Hippocratic Oath)
7 Ten Commandments of Teaching Remember That “Teaching” Can Not Occur in the Absence of “Learning”If no learning takes place -- then no teaching has taken placeIf your students haven’t learned -- you haven’t taught (don’t blame your students)If you haven’t taught -- what are you there for?
8 Ten Commandments of Teaching Remember That the Most Important Characteristic of a Good Teacher is a Caring, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Attitude Toward All Learners…Certainly we have to be competent -- but if you really CARE about your learners, you will be committed to becoming -- and remaining competentLearners will be very forgiving of your mistakes -- As long as they know you care and are trying your best to help them
9 Ten Commandments of Teaching Make Sure Your Students Know “Why” You Do The Things You (and they) DoMost teachers have a very good reason for doing the things they do (content areas, exercises, assignments, tests, etc.)The problem is, most teachers don’t let the students in on this “little secret”If your students don’t understand why they are doing things they won’t see the importance of your learning activities
10 Make Sure Your Students Know “Why” They Are Doing Things Encourage your students to ask you why they are doing things … Don’t be afraid of their questions …If you’re afraid you can’t give them a good answer, maybe you don’t have one … This helps show you where you need to “rethink” what you’re doing
11 Ten Commandments of Teaching Make Sure You Are Teaching In A Way That Is Truly Relevant To The Needs And Interests of Your StudentsKnow your studentsTheir interestsTheir skillsTheir ambitionsAlways let your student know how they can apply what they’re learning to the “real world”
12 Ten Commandments of Teaching Continually Remind Yourself That EVERYTHING You Do Should Enhance LEARNING!Don’t get caught up in “grades” or “outcomes” at the expense of learningDon’t worry too much about “sticking to the schedule”, “covering the material”, or “adhering to rules and regulations” -- sometimes you have to spend more time than you thought in order to make sure the material is learned… Remember that’s the ultimate goal
13 Ten Commandments of Teaching Continually Engage in the Practice of “Reflective” TeachingFight against the natural tendency to do things out of habitFight against the natural tendency to do things the way your own teachers/coaches did thingsAlways try to improve what you’re doing-- Challenge yourself as much as your students!What went well? ... What did not go well?… Is there a better way to help the students learn?
14 Ten Commandments of Teaching Always Make Sure You -- And Your Learners Are Having FunWhen you’re having fun, obstacles are seen as challenges -- not as threatsIt’s your job, as a teacher, to show your students that learning can -- and should -- be funFrankly, life is just too short to spend time doing things you don’t enjoy
15 Ten Commandments of Teaching Don’t Mistake “Difficulty” for “Rigor”“Rigor” is a reflection of the standards or outcomes you demand of yourself and your students“Difficulty” describes the process by which these standards or outcomes are attainedThe best teachers demand the highest levels of rigor but constantly attempt to minimize the difficulty associated with the teaching-learning process
16 Ten Commandments of Teaching Motivate Yourself FirstUnderstand The Importance of Your Role as a TeacherTotally Commit Yourself to the Notion That the Desire to LEARN is an Innate Human CharacteristicRemember That “Teaching” Cannot Occur in the Absence of “Learning”
17 Ten Commandments of Teaching Remember That the Most Important Characteristic of a Good Teacher is a Caring, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Attitude Toward All LearnersMake Sure Your Students Know “Why” You Do The Things You (and they) DoMake Sure You Are Teaching In A Way That Is Truly Relevant To The Needs And Interests of Your Students
18 Ten Commandments of Teaching Continually Remind Yourself That EVERYTHING You Do Should Enhance LEARNING!Continually Engage in the Practice of “Reflective” TeachingAlways Make Sure You -- And Your Learners -- Are Having Fun