Posted on September 15, 2016
Tools For A Teacher: How To Find Resources To Improve Your Teaching
As a teacher, you will have come across moments where you looked in your planner or files and realized that you don’t know how to teach that particular lesson. Or that you are not adequately prepared. Don’t worry – every teacher has moments of panic such as these but they recover through the help of other resources that they can use to tide them over. Extra resources like lesson plans, work sheets, work books, story guides etc. help improve your teaching in class as well. Here are some suggestions of sources you can approach to help you improve your teaching and prepare in advance:
Hit the Book Shelves
Most libraries have teacher’s guides and work books in addition to fiction. You will be able to find as many French lessons in Dubai as you desire – if that is your subject. Language teaching requires special attention to detail as students need a lot of worksheets to help retain the rules they are taught. Therefore you can peruse different books and find the relevant work sheets. If your school library doesn’t have anything to help you, check out regional libraries or reach out to fellow teachers in other schools. If all fails, go to a good bookstore and buy a book. If teaching is your passion, it is worth the cost.
The Internet Is a Friend
One of the hardest things about teaching a language is teaching them the pronunciation. Different languages require different sounds and some non-native speakers find it difficult to adapt to sounds that were not required for their 1st language; their vocal chords don’t know how to make those sounds. You will find plenty of videos and guides online that you can play in class for the students to listen to; lessons such as Arabic speaking classes benefit especially from this as the guttural sounds are particularly difficult for a non-native speaker. Just be careful when you download some resources as they may not be accurate so always go to learning portals meant for teachers and tutors.
Go To Your Yoda
Older and more experienced teachers often have stacks upon stacks of resources and material that you can use for your lessons and a true teacher will always be happy to share them with you. Approach them and ask them politely whether they can help you out. Remember to phrase your question carefully so that you don’t come across as though you are poaching their hard work. Be grateful, humble and give back; next time someone approaches you about extra work sheets, lesson plans or something, give them with an open heart.