From my experience, and I hope I’m not alone in this, becoming a teacher was a very scary goal. The best teachers make it look effortless and have a wealth of knowledge in not only their subject but in all the soft skills of controlling a classroom, inspiring their students, and doing what it takes to help everyone succeed. When looking at lists of “characteristics of highly effective teachers,” a lot of common themes come up like organization and structure, positivity and support, being motivational and engaging; and this is all put on top of the most common fear people experience of public speaking. As the last year has pushed at least some of the teaching role to most parents, even more have experienced the struggles. So with all these challenges and skills that take time to build up, what can be done to help?
In solving any problem, taking stock of what’s going on is usually a good first step.
The most general and easiest answer is, “a lot,” but that doesn’t help much. In solving any problem, taking stock of what’s going on is usually a good first step. With so much to keep track of, it’s important to be very structured with what is captured and to get it out of your own head. These are some of the core concepts we’re taking at Learnatric to build a learning platform to help. There are many struggles that will exist for teachers that just take time and experience to build up, but having better tools for teachers and caretakers should be a no-brainer as students figure out their new normal.