You might not always succeed in helping every one of your students in all of the ways that you would wish. Sometimes they might be disinterested or might take a dislike to either you or the way that you do things – such is the way of the ESL world. Despite this, though, you really do have to keep your senses about you as a teacher. When you enter the classroom, despite the difficulties outside of it, you do generally have to take some control of the situation and help your students out where you can. So here are a few things that you owe to your students as long as you are their teacher:
1. To use different assessments to make sure that students understand things.
This can be tough with certain reticent students or students who want to act like they know more than they do to avoid embarrassment, but it is necessary in order to help them along the path of discovery. Testing what everyone in the class knows allows the students to learn from one another and also keeps them engaged in what they are being taught. You can use mind maps or games or any other method you like, just as long as it's clear that children understand.
2. To keep them curious.
Learning should be a shared journey if you want to be doing it at all. It is good to show that you as the teacher do not know everything and that you are curious about the world and about learning new things too. You can stay curious and, in turn, inspire curiosity in those you teach.
3.To use emotion to reach students.
Creating a personal connection with your students and finding out what motivates or engages them is always a good move. You can create running references in the class and treat the students as people rather than just receptacles for knowledge. It is good to use your own experience and your own memories of being a student yourself to help you relate to and connect with those you're teaching.
4. To create an environment where it's possible to take risks.
Fostering the right environment can be key in making students feel comfortable and secure when they are learning. Letting students try to work things out for themselves and create a collaborative structure to the class can reap a huge amount of rewards for everyone. Taking things slow and not criticizing the efforts that your students make is a big plus too. This will mean that students can be innovative and imaginative.
5.To make things as simple as possible.
You might know a lot about any given subject and about the language which you are using to teach the students but what really matters is what they come away with. Keeping things as simple as possible and using simple language to explain big concepts is often key. Students can often fill in a lot of gaps for themselves and they just need you to introduce a new idea to them. You are a facilitator, you do not need to show off your expertise where it's not needed.
So these are a few things you owe to your students and, if you try hard to make these things a reality in your classroom then your life, and the lives of your students, should be a whole lot better.