In India, there are many classrooms which have more than 60 students, so teacher should use their teaching skills. This often creates a difficult learning environment for students. And hectic activities given by government like census data collection, pulse polio drive, election duty, etc makes things more difficult.
For teachers to cope up with these difficulties is a never-ending task so they need teaching skills. On one hand, they have to finish the course in one year and on another hand they have to follow government orders to attend to duties which are often other than educational. Too little time, scarce resources, and vast syllabus to cover. They must possess extra teaching skills to meet everything.
Below given are the important skills teacher’s needs in a classroom today.
Time management –
With so much responsibility and many things to do, teachers have to manage each minute of their time efficiently. Managing for breaks in between periods and lessons can give teachers some breathing space from their hectic schedule.
It is one of the things every teacher should have. Impatient teachers in a hurry sometimes do such a mess that things don’t work out and they waste more time to reconstruct things that went wrong.
When resources are scarce and class size is increasing it becomes important to co-operate with one another. And work more as a team than as an individual in isolation. They can work together in a school or across the web to get better results in their classrooms.
Technically abreast –
Though spreadsheet, word processor, and other software may be outdated but learning ins and outs of this software help in planning the schedule of the classes and things can be easily organized. Even learning how to search your topics on web efficiently can help to find best results.
Being creative –
Indian school curriculum is such that it restricts creativity in students. Learn by rote. By heart and spill out during exams. Teachers can at least be creative in their teaching styles so as to make the subject more interesting to students and which they will enjoy by way of pictures, graphs, or models.
Teaching styles –
In this ever-changing learning environment teaching styles can also be shifted from blackboard teaching to practical and field teaching. Students remember what they see than what they hear in the classroom.
If things are properly organized and in a systematic way then it will pay off in long run. An organized cupboard makes things easy to find and save time and energy in searching. Similarly, students in each class can be formed in a group and different work allotted to each group will save time.
Constant learning –
Teachers should constantly search for solutions through online resources for which they are facing problems. This will give them an innovative way to solving problems.
Online collaboration –
It can be creating, sharing or watching YouTube videos of classroom experiment or using other teacher’s blog post or article to teach any subject like math, science or social studies, teacher’s throughout the world can collaborate and get effective ideas and support from peers.
Parent-teacher communication – With phones, emails, WhatsApp, messaging, school website etc. teachers have more open lines of communication with parents than ever before. They should use these communication channels to be in touch with parents for healthy communication policies. Reporting misbehavior of child, conveying progress, getting feedback on child’s changed behavioral pattern etc.