Sunday, November 14, 2010

Matthew Rodriguez's Blog Post #12

If you want to be a teacher you have to know how to teach. Here are some helpful tips that could help improve your teaching skills. Read the 4 tips and talk about how these would be useful in a classroom setting and add a few of your own that aren't mentioned in the reading

Teaching 101

This is just a short list of tips that could potentially help people with how they handle teaching in a classroom setting. The first tip says communicate with parents. This is a key concept especially in high school and below. By keeping the parents informed they will be able to keep their kids focused and on track for school. You also need to be able to communicate with your students. This is probably the most important tip that I can give you since you will be dealing with them on a daily basis.
The next tip is focus on fundamentals. This is just simply stating that you, as a teacher, must stay on track on focus on the important material that kids will need to know. It is not saying that you can't teach them things that aren't in the book because a lot of times history books are only written with one perspective from one side. So it is okay to your students know more than one side of the story from time to time.
The next step is to organize your classroom. If your room is a mess and cluttered it will not create a good learning environment. When students see how neat and clean you keep your room, they will follow suit and learn from your example. All eyes are on you, be the best you can be.
The last tip is to design and enforce effective rules. This will keep a good, calm balance in your classroom and let students know exactly what you expect out of them before they take your class. I hope these tips will help you with your future teaching.


  1. This is a good idea. However, EDM 310 is a class centered on technology. Of course good teaching practices are always important, but this class is more for learning a variety of technology for use in the classroom and actual teaching methods are secondary. SS

  2. You are right this class is centered around technology but be honest. When is the last time you saw a teacher use skyped or twitter when teaching in front of a class? The answer is never. These classes at South should be more focused on teaching methods instead of technology because realistically we won't be using technology that often, besides the smartboard, which we will be in use on a daily basis.