I grew up in the United States. Honestly I don’t remember any of the lessons that I had while I was in school. Quite often I think back and wonder what I learned in my 12 years of schooling. I don’t remember a thing. I don’t even remember if I got good grades or not. Now this may or may not be because the form of teaching was boring. It couldn’t been because my brain just blocked it out. But looking at schools in different countries, I am beginning to see just how routine each lesson is in the United States.
Unfortunately we, the American people, are losing the desire to learn. What can help us retrieve that desire again? As I studied the article “Is the Great American Teacher Dead” by John J. Ivers, I realized that we lack enthusiasm in our classrooms. Teaching is a like a performance. When you teach you are presenting material or a presentation to students. Like my dad always says “It’s all in the presentation”. The more you keep people engaged, the more they enjoy and the more they retain. When you teach with enthusiasm, you instill a love of learning in your students. This helps them to go on further and become life-long learners.
What kind of schooling do we want our children to have? Ivers created a list of characteristics that a successful classroom has. Let us keep the future of our children in mind as we look for good teachers and become good teachers.
1. Positive teacher-student relationship.
2. A good “delivery”
3. Edifies rather than damages a student’s self-concept
4. Clarity (through the use of many examples and
5. Encourages deep and critical thinking
6. Variety instead of monotony (do not forget the Ten-
7. Grading and workload is generally perceived to be
8. Enthusiasm and zest for the topic
9. Meaningful to real world problems
10. Potentially transforms one’s world view from one of
uncritical acceptance of cultural dictates to one of
deep, reflective, and compassionate thinking
The children are the future of our society. Let’s train them well and help them retain the information and gain the desire to be life-long learners.