If you’ve been a teacher for many years, you’re likely to know things that those who are new to the profession may not be familiar with yet. These things will help you to be a better teacher!
You’ll develop a good sense of time
There are situations where you may need to estimate a period of time without a timer, which means that you’re likely to get really good at it as you become more experienced.
These are a few examples of situations where this skill will come in handy:
- If you’re presenting a science experiment, you often will need to wait a certain period of time before the results are visible.
- Having a good sense of time will help you to gauge how much you will be able to cover in your lectures.
- You’ll be more easily able to know when it’s time for your next class.
You’ll relate to kids better
While it may seem obvious to some, being a teacher will improve the way that you relate to kids in ways you didn’t expect.
Here are a few ways that this will make you a better teacher:
- Students are likely to see you as more approachable after class, which could improve their grades.
- Students will be more likely to give you positive reviews.
- You’re likely to find it easier to relate to students with life experiences that are very different from yours.
You’ll handle unexpected situations more effectively
As you develop more experience, you’re likely to realize that things are usually not as bad as they seem.
These are just a few types of unexpected situations that you’ll become better at handling over time:
- If a student who normally is cooperative becomes obstinate, your surprise will be less likely to affect your reaction.
- You may be more easily able to teach students who have learning disabilities.
- You might find it easier to offer extra help to students who are struggling academically.
You’ll find that co-workers are not all that interested in your lesson plans
Initially, you may expect coworkers or even administrators to frequently look at your lesson plans, which is not necessarily going to be the case.
There are a few exceptions to the rule though, such as these:
- Your lesson plans will be looked at a lot when you’re just starting a new job.
- If you work at a very small school, administrators may view your lesson plans frequently.
- If a parent asks questions about your curriculum, you may need to show them your lesson plans.
You’ll realize the importance of showing confidence
While you may have doubts about your performance initially, you’re likely to realize the importance of being confident. Not only that, but you’ll realize that it’s important to exude confidence even if you don’t have it.
Here are a few examples of ways in which you’ll learn to show confidence:
- If an administrator or co-worker asks you a question about your teaching methods, you’re likely to respond with confidence even if you’re not completely sure of the certain strategies you use.
- You’ll be more easily able to implement new teaching methods that you just learned about.
You’ll relate to parents differently
You will talk to a lot of parents during your career, which will sometimes involve dealing with disgruntled family members. You’re likely to become better at dealing with these situations as you gain experience.
Here are a few reasons why you’ll be able to deal with these situations more effectively:
- You’re likely to express a stronger sense of confidence in your teaching methods, which will make parents more likely to have confidence in you.
- You’ll be more easily able to describe the advantages of any unique teaching methods that you use.
- You may be able to get a sense of what to expect from parents early on in the school year.