The Importance of a Teacher in Early Childhood Education
Educating children is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles. Children are usually illustrated as a bath sponge when it comes to absorbing language input. They could learn easily learn a language without much force at a young age. As teachers or educators, we need to be able to nurture them to have a positive mind and become an independent individual in the future. A child’s future would largely depend on the education they receive when they are young. Thus, it is a teacher’s role to mold children by giving the best education in a positive direction at a young age.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Jze Chen W. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
There are many rules of teaching. One of the rule of teaching is to ‘ASSUME NOTHING’ at the start of the class. Teachers need to give a brief introduction of him or herself and also to get the students to do one as well. Teachers would need to be able to form a good rapport with the student as teaching is always a two-way relationship instead of one. A comfortable environment and having mutual respect and trust between student and teacher is very important.
Furthermore, a teacher would need to ensure the students learn the knowledge, skill to achieve their qualification by the end of the course. As a teacher, we would need to create interest or motivate students in learning the language. This could be done by having different approaches in teaching / leading the class depending on the student’s age, size of the class as well as the level of language in the class. Games, music even role-playing could be done in classes to make learning more interesting and exciting.
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Teacher’s Attitude and Approach
A teacher would also need to be flexible and creative in class as there is more than one student in the class. Each student would have different weaknesses and strengths, interests in different things. To be able to evaluate their weaknesses and strength, teachers would then need to monitor the student’s performances, keep a record of attendance, scores of the different tests, as well as a topic taught. This would also help a teacher in planning lessons for future classes.
Punctuality is one of the most important roles of a teacher. As we are role models to the students, we need to be able to show that not only students need to be on time to classes but teachers as well. Being punctual in class would also mean that the teacher is ready to start the class on time and would be able to greet the students at the start of the class giving a positive and cheerful start. This would also make the students feel comfortable and at ease to be able to be involved in the class.
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As teachers, we not only need to teach the language but also ethics in students. When a student is young, they are like a piece of white paper and us, as teachers have the responsibility to develop basic human values in students during classes. Disciplining the student would also be part of the teacher’s role.
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