This post is dedicated to teachers, and to mamas and papas who are teachers at home. I had previously given this as part of a larger presentation in a special needs school in Kuwait. The pointers are simple and straightforward. This was initially written for teaching kids with learning differences/difficulties, but it can be used with all students.
I call this "The 3 EXs" presentation...
- Use a steady yet soft voice. Children pay attention when the adult is firm, not agitated.
- Take time to express what you want the child to do, then guide them in doing it.
- Express encouragement regularly. Create a classroom rewards system.
- Encourage children to express their feelings.
- I encourage you to express your own feelings.
- Explain the lesson using as many senses as you can.
- Explain classroom rules and expectations. Repeat and keep visual reminders.
- If and when the child misbehaves, explain what was done wrong and why it is wrong.
- This should always be followed by how the child can do the “appropriate” or target behavior correctly.
- Find ways to use different forms of teaching. Your voice is not your only asset.
- Use your own knowledge to find out what the child’s learning style may be. This will be a great advantage for you.
- Help the child use multi-sensory ways to explore his/her surrounding.
- When a child is stuck, or refusing to participate, take time at the end of class to explore with the child what the problem is. A child is more likely to tell you when he/she is alone.