One of the differences between an average, and a great teacher, is an ability to connect with the students on a personal level. If the children like their teacher, if they enjoy their company, then they will follow the rules, engage in the lessons, and they won’t make problems–at least not as much as they’d normally do.
You should have a plan on how to win the hearts of the students, how to gain their respect and trust. Luckily for us, this is easier at the elementary school. Let’s have a look at good answers.
I believe that teachers are in the class for their students, not contrariwise. I always look at every lesson, exam, or after school activity, trying to understand it from the point of view of the children. Will it help them in their future? Are they going to enjoy doing it? Does the goal of the activity correspond with the overall direction we try to follow in the classes? I always ask myself the questions, and act accordingly, and I believe that is the way to win their hearts–to do things for them, not for us.
Children are sensitive. One can win their hearts with humility, and with friendly attitude. Authoritative approach rarely leads to anything good, at least in my experience. I would try to talk with them on their level, and I would always listen to their needs. That is probably the most I can do to win their trust and respect.
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