In modern education, teachers’ role isusually multifaceted, as they not only need to execute lesson plans, but also accompany students as surrogate parent, class disciplinarian, mentor, counselor, and role model. Simply by counting the time a teacher spends on students, we can clearly know his significance in students’ development. A successful teacher should be both popular among students and able to motivate students to work hard on study. There are easy ways to achieve both.
In class, a successful teacher ought to effectively convey knowledge and manage discipline. With well-prepared courses, students benefit from inspiring and interesting instructions. It is also necessary for teachers to adeptly operate various teaching facilities, like videos and PowerPoint, so as to arouse students’ interests. Where necessary, there should be group discussions that allow students to exchange ideas and develop critical thinking. Of course, to fulfill the above teaching plan, a teacher needs to set up clear rules for students in advance. The well-disciplined class is the prerequisite of effective academic study and foster mutual respect. All these are indispensable for a teacher to help students study efficiently in a happy atmosphere.
After class, an experienced teacher should be good at encouraging students to finish the study plan actively and meaningfully. It is undeniable that students hate doing homework. It is not stressful to finish homework of one subject, but with consideration to all the subjects students have in one semester, homework turns out to be a heavy burden. So, it is necessary for teachers to design and assign homework carefully. A successful assignment should help students not only review and grasp what they have learnt in class, but also cultivate interests in the subject. Take biology teachers as an example. To help students have better understanding of cell membrane, a popular and effective biology teacher will ask students to do experiments and observe cell membrane of plants or animals under microscope rather than have students memorize definitions on the textbook.
To sum up, it seems a dilemma for a teacher to be both popular among students and effective in helping them study. However, there are solutions to bridge the gap: further improve their courses, make clear the rules with students, and assign appropriate homework.