What are the problems faced by the novice teacher?
Novice teacher suffers from many problems.
And most important of THIS PROBLEMS...
"lack of respect the students to the teacher" ... etc..
How to face this problem?
What solutions do you think?
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Being a novice teacher is a very difficult thing because there is so much to learn. Having been a mentor for many young teachers, even student teachers who were not mine, confidence and a plan make a huge difference. An agenda on the board, time management strategies developed with the help of a mentor, and work which engages students all help with discipline. I also would talk to the administrator or counselor who works with this group for ideas. Try to figure out who the leader is. I used to do this by having students fill out a 3 by 5 card with their names, last year's favorite teacher, their favorite book OR movie, and which students in the class they would like to work with in a group project. I explained that their choices were not set in stone, but I would consider them. Whichever students' names appeared most often were my likely leaders. That meant I could try to turn their leadership into a positive which would lead the rest with them. The advice given to you by all the above teachers is all very helpful; now you must find which works for you.
Another important thing that can help the struggling novice teacher is having a strong mentor who he or she can trust and go to for honest help. Teaching can feel like a very isolated experience behind the doors of that classroom, but there are lots of talented people who can help. A mentor could come in an informally observe what is going on and offer specific observations and suggestions to help the young teacher. A mentor could review lesson plans and trouble-shoot potential problems with a lesson before they happen. These things could do a lot to improve teacher confidence.
If administrators support a novice teacher, the teacher will attain some respect from the students quickly as they will fear retribution for their misbehavior. However, the new teacher must build upon this support quickly by being consistent and by being as prepared for the day as possible. Engaging the students in the learning process comes from a certain amount of trial, nevertheless, and experience. But, talking to experienced teachers is also helpful; indeed, there is much to be said for mentoring.
I think a lot of it has to do with confidence. Even the most novice teacher can have confidence if he/she believes in what he/she is doing. Yes, students will try to test the teacher's limits, but in the beginning, those new teachers need to put firm boundaries and be sure to follow through with those boundaries. Making empty threats and not following through with consequences is what leads to the most problems. These things of course come easier with experience, but I still thhink they are possible for a new teacher- they just have to be a little more conscious of it.
How to overcome a lack of confidence and a lack of respect from students at the same time is a very tricky problem to solve faced by most incoming teachers.
Using lesson plans from experienced teachers and time-management strategies from experienced teachers is one way to try to work around the issue.
Assigning work that must be completed by students in small groups during class time can help also to give the teacher a chance to interact with smaller groups and build relationships.
I do think that a lack of respect for the teacher comes when the teacher doesn't know what they are doing. If the teacher has a plan for the class and does not seem to be floundering aimlessly, students will give the teacher more respect.
One other thing, though, is that students will often try to test teachers just for the fun of it. If the novice teacher cannot find the right line between being firm enough and being humorless and dictatorial, students will not like them. Teachers have to find a way to treat students in ways that are not too strict or too lenient.
When I find that I'm losing control of the class, or they aren't responding to me the wayI think they should, I look at what I'm doing wrong. I make sure that I'm fully prepared the next time to keep things rolling in the class. Sometimes the kids need a learning game to play together to get out of the winter blues. Sometimes I read them stories or make them give presentations on the lesson that I would have given. Change things up. Keep them on their toes so they never know what you will do next. You have to be their friend, either. Demand respect without being disrespectful, but change things up and get their bodies moving. Don't take "no" for an answer in a humorous way! Keep smiling and never let them know they got you!
I think lack of respect from students often comes from lack of respect the teacher has for him or herself. This often comes from insecurity. Students also have little patience for inexperience, and they don't like posing. The solution is to get more classroom experience before taking a classroom of one's own, such as subbing.
and thanks for This discussion...
But what is the cause of the loss of teachers to their self-confidence?!!!
I agree with Mr. najm
I tend to agree with you that students feel that they have the right to "test the sub or novice teacher," and it is their right. What I have done is to be consistent. I did not begin with a bunch of new rules, but just to gain order in the class, then to jump right in and get to the lesson. Pick your battles very carefully, because you don't have to fight them all, and if you don't try to superimpose your ideals on them too soon, you will gain their trust and may find a lot of rules are not necessary. The school has rules, you have lesson plans... As for their rude behavior, work on it gradually, you won't fix it overnight, and you aren't going to win them all. It is ok to let them see you think, but don't let them see you sweat....
This is a great discussion, especially for teachers and many good suggestions have been made in the previous posts. In my opinion, the key to respect is knowledge of the subject, having a plan and being tactfully firm with what is right giving due respect to the students. The last one comes with experience and the novice teachers find it most difficult as they don’t have any.
I would say, “look back – you have been a student before becoming a teacher.”
Any person who opts to become a teacher has experienced many teachers while he/she was a student. Over there one has experienced excellent, good average and bad teachers whose memories are still fresh. There have been adorable ones and most hated ones. With all those memories and the likes and dislikes your close classmates and seniors, a novice teacher has a lot to determine what attributes will help in becoming a respected teacher to begin with. Try to follow the adorable ones and avoid what the bad/hated ones have been doing.
I always plead that one must learn from the experience of the others, going for rediscovery is not a good idea. Adherence to this principle can ensure respect even for a novice teacher.
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