To be a better teacher you have to be a better you.
Each day we have to be improving ourselves which then allows us to become better teachers.
And, conversely, without learning something new each day our teaching skills decline.
That doesn’t mean you have to join my course which is for very motivated people (and depending on when you read this you might have already missed the deadline) but it does mean you have to be learning something new each day.
For example today I have two music classes (as a student, not a teacher) and a coaching class. Plus I’m also speed re-reading all the books my students are going to be reading this week!
(I’m particularly interested in the top teachers & learners and how they seem to get outsized results for their students. I want to learn how they do it!)
So what classes are you taking right now to improve your learning (and hence teaching) skills?
Plus of course English wise we have to be reading real English books all the time. You don’t have to read a book each day like we’re doing in my class, but make sure you do read something each day.
And, ninja level tip here, make sure you also listen to the books as you read them. Many teachers are fantastic at reading but it’s the subtle phrasing and pronunciation that you only get from listening that makes you stand out. (That’s why in my course I also ask students to listen while they are reading and show them the tools to do that.)
Of course the books you read have to be modern. Our books are random each day but they are mostly from the New York Times bestsellers list. There certainly is nothing quite as embarrassing as using (or worse teaching!) old fashioned, “cheesy” words, phrases or idoms without realizing it!
So, keep on learning each day, keep on reading each day and if you want what I think is the best English class on the internet then do check out my course if the 10PM deadline hasn’t passed yet!