One Skill That All The Teachers I Have Met Lack
There’s a difference between teaching as a job and teaching as a passion
I’m a diligent student putting in constant effort to get good marks in my school in India. Our summer vacations are over, and the new academic session has started today. Due to the tremendously devastating second wave of COVID-19 in India (and the expectancy of the third wave), it is my second tough year of online lectures.
I met my new teachers, and many of them are fresh to the school. Since I was in kindergarten, I have constantly noticed most of my teachers being nervous, but their nervousness has reached its peak during the online classes.
On the internet, when I see teaching lessons to students by educators like Peter Tabichi and Ken Silburn, I see a sort of different energy in them. Their body language, sense of humor, ability to explain complicated information into simple terms, and most importantly, their confidence.
But, unfortunately, in the real-life, I have never met a single teacher who has the same type of enthusiasm and passion. They unquestionably are powerhouses of knowledge like the others, but some of their traits turn students off. The most common skill almost all teachers I have met in real life lack in one way or another is GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
My Mathematics teacher is known to be an expert in Mental Maths and Vedic Maths. But due to his poor communication skills, I prefer scrolling through Instagram rather than attending the classes. He blabbers when he speaks and speaks at the speed of a bullet train. And you can see him sweating because of the uneasiness inside him. I don’t blame him for it or hate him, but this trait hinders the students’ learning.
Another teacher, opposite of our Mathematics sir, is a human Oxford dictionary. Her language is complex and beautiful, but we students aren’t English Ph.D. Graduates and don’t understand most of the things she says. She has got the best communication skills, but a poor man values food more than gold.
These are just two examples; there is no teacher I have met who has an interesting tone that engages and educates students. Good communication skills are vital for interaction with students and teachers must invest in this skill to sound appealing.
Poor Communication Skills cause students’ comprehension levels to drop and affect their academic process negatively. It leads to a lack of motivation in students, dislike for school, and disbelief in themselves. — High-Speed Training
What Do These Teachers Lack?
Good Communication, like in real life, is not only about being fluent in speaking. It is about speaking appropriately while maintaining good eye contact. It is about tailoring the language with your audience, listening to students, and maintaining a harmonious environment in the classroom.
Active Participation in Classroom — Real Learning can only be achieved with active participation. If teachers come with the intention to speak what they want to and go, they should write a blog for the students rather than exercising their vocal cords. Teachers and Students should discuss their ideas together, and learn from each other. It is known to improve critical and higher level thinking skills in students. And a variety of teaching strategies to promote active participation will allow students to perform better in their classrooms.
“Real Learning can only be achieved with active participation.”
Sense of Humor — The best teachers have the best sense of humor. It’s not just about telling some jokes, it’s much more than that. Teachers can incorporate mystery into their lessons, create classroom games, give choices to students, make their lessons interactive, and give students a fun-time break. Many students like me live by the quote, “If it’s not fun learning, it’s not worth learning.” And it is not a tip, it is a responsibility of a teacher to make their lessons fun.
If it’s not fun learning, it’s not worth learning.
Be Personal — We all have had a teacher that used to tell us her personal anecdotes in the classes. I actually liked those types of teachers. You cannot be professional without being personal, so tell your stories to students about the good and the bad. Stories always end up with a moral, and students will be happy and inspired by YOUR stories. Share stories, because they change lives.
“Share stories, because they change lives.”
My Final Takeaway —
Communication skills are important in all walks of life. As a teacher, you’re an inspiration to the students. And if you’ve good communication skills, so will the students. Be Open, Be the REAL YOU to the students. That’s what we want to see. Don’t take teaching seriously, but please do take communication skills seriously.
I hope that I will see the teachers I see on the internet in real life as well.
“There’s a difference between teaching as a job and teaching as a passion.”