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An effective teacher must have a variety of skills. He/ she must be able to manage and organize her classroom, engage her students in interesting activities, connect with them on an individual level and with the class as a whole and understand their different styles of learning. As teachers gain experience, they learn to refine these skills. To make the learning process easier, it is important that a classroom be organized. At the beginning of every academic year, a teacher must organize her equipment, desks, and supplies and brush up on the curriculum for the year. To a new teacher managing a classroom seems to be a daunting task. To teach a class of unruly students is impossible. A teacher must balance the fine line that lies in between being overly permissive and overly strict. A teacher who can connect well with her students is usually able to manage her class well. For this, a teacher must build trust between her students and herself. Engaging the students in small talk, narrating interesting anecdotes related to the lesson on hand and being equally fair to all the students in the class will help build that trust. A teacher who metes out partial treatment to her students usually ends up alienating the rest of the class.
It is important that a teacher attend regular educational camps to update her teaching methods, skills and strategies. Such classes help a teacher to keep her teaching credentials up to date. A teacher who wishes to improve on her skills must also observe and consult other teachers. He/she must be open to positive criticism.
Some strategies a teacher can use in class to make it interesting are:
1. Discovery learning: Under this strategy, students are presented with examples or a structured framework with which they work to establish a relationship.
2. Active learning: Active learning is when students identify the principles for themselves without blindly relying on the teachers' explanations.
3. Cooperative Learning: The teacher divides her students into groups, each group having both good learners and weak students. The group members are responsible for both learning the lesson and helping their group mates learn.
Other teaching strategies a teacher can use are brainstorming, mind mapping, group work, expository learning, demonstration and differentiation. A popular teaching method is the lecture method. This is especially useful with older students whereby a large number of students can be taught at the same time. New methods and strategies are continually being introduced in teaching. A successful teacher must learn these to be able to provide her students with good quality education.