Tips for Teaching an Effective Math Curriculum as a Beginner
If you’re a newbie math teacher, don’t let those jitters bug you. In time, you will realize that it’s all about getting accustomed to the system and most especially to your students. Question: how does that happen?
First off, everything that’s new is scary, especially teaching math. But there’s no need to let it show on your face or actions. In fact, try the opposite. Your students will even appreciate how the school’s math curriculum seems so much easier with you teaching it. Sometimes, it’s really about perspective and mind-conditioning, especially with a dash of humor.
Any math curriculum is doomed to fail if students are out of control, so be happy to stop a class for the sake of addressing a disciplinary issue. This is better than managing behavior problems growing bigger and bigger throughout the entire school year. The best thing to do is to define what behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable right from the beginning so you’re both on the same page.
Get the students involved.
Encouraging group work among students is a great way to teach a math curriculum. Most of us agree that this subject is one of the hardest so having a study partner can sure help to ease some of the pressure. This set up will even help keep the class in order as students will have will have to deal with one another and hopefully get along. Contests among the groups can also encourage everyone to study and do their best, and for the math curriculum to become even more effective.
Motivate the class.
It’s always good to begin the school year with a clear picture of your students’ problem areas, and then helping then overcome those. Schoolwork can be a big burden to students, but if they see your sincerity as a teacher, they may try to repay you with good performance.
Be less predictable.
It’s undeniable – any math curriculum is boring when presented in the same way everyday. In other words, be creative! No need to spend a lot – just keep things variable.
Some things are best unplanned, but if you’re a math teacher, planning could be key. It helps you keep your students busy instead of bored and thinking of mischief. Plan extra things they can do that will be challenging to them. For example, students who finish an exam faster can work on extra assignments that can earn them bonus points.
Know your priorities.
Lastly, remember that prioritization is helpful in many scenarios, but most especially when teaching math. Start by having a diary where you can list your tasks from the most important to the least. Also let it be a reminder for you – that you need not accommodate everything and everybody’s wishes. If you are free, feel free to enjoy yourself.