Teacher Orientation: 'Empowering Teachers is the Key to Enhancing Education'

By: Admin 30 November, 2017
Teachers are our greatest assets in the society. They have the ability to inspire, empower, and foster environments of self-confidence, passion, and nurture the lives of students. Through this article we are going to talk about the importance of teacher orientation, challenges the new teachers face and related suggestions and tips for enhancing effective classroom teaching practices. 
 
Why is there a need for Teacher Orientation Program in Schools?
  • Teacher Orientation is important to lay a foundation for the new teachers, mainly to provide them with concise and accurate information about the ‘how things are done here’  to make them more comfortable in their teaching tenure.
  • Orientation encourages the teacher’s confidence and helps them to adapt to the teaching environment. 
  • It contributes to more effective and productive teaching practices.
  • It promotes communication between the new teachers and the experienced teachers.
 
 
 
Let us now talk about the Challenges Teachers face and relevant solutions you can adhere to: 
 The biggest challenges teachers face can be sub-categorized into three key areas: Support, Discipline and Classroom Management.
 

Support:

  • Does your school have school policies and procedures in writing for new teachers? 
    •  If the policies & procedures are in a written format, there will be less probability of missing out on to any point. 
  • Has the new teacher been assigned a mentor teacher?  
    • A mentor will be the perfect guide for the new teacher, to give a better hands-on with school’s functioning and processes.
  • Do the colleagues plan together or are available for weekly team or grade-level meetings? 
    • It is very important for the teachers to discuss the curriculum and evaluation process on regular basis, to give a detailed overview to the new teachers.

Discipline:

  • Are a new teacher’s students respectful towards one another and their teacher? 
    • Respect is an essential parameter in maintaining the discipline among students and for a healthy teacher-student relationship.
  • The new teacher should have rules in place that she can reinforce among the students and decide upon the logical consequences for students who don’t follow the rules.

Classroom Management:

  • Teachers should be well-organized and follow a schedule for the school time to be effectively used. The pace should be appropriate for a given class.
  • Is the new teacher sensitive to diverse learners? 
    •  All students must be fairly treated without regard for their race, gender, socioeconomic status and so on.
  • Is the new teacher able to multitask? 
    • With tremendous changes in the education system, teachers have to be on their toes when it comes to multitasking. May it be well equipped with Computer Systems or including Fun and engaging practices in promoting effective learning.
  1. Orientation to Computer Systems - having every teacher’s login for the computers, email, and student information system and then training on how to use them all is very minimal right now. 
  2. Fun and Engaging - for teachers to make learning both fun and engaging can be a very good way to make children want to come to school. It can be some fun games during the class or short storytelling that can help in learning values and morals.
 
To make your teaching more effective, we’ve postulated some key principles: 
 
 
 Interest and Explanation
  • Making the subject matter interesting arouses students curiosity. 
  • By providing clear explanations, you can clarify the reasons why a particular fact or skill is essential for understanding the whole. 
 
Concern and Respect for Students and Student Learning
  • While taking an interest in what students know and don’t know, be generous and give them the benefit of the doubt. 
  • Start by striving to make the difficult parts easy so that they are able to master the ideas and facts and then challenge students. 
 
Appropriate Assessment and Feedback
  • Begin questioning students in a way that demands their evidence of understanding and then set the right assessment in a way that matches the material to be learned.
  • By ensuring feedback focuses on what they still need to study to get it right, the students will know and feel comfortable in admitting that they’ve got more to learn.
 
Clear Goals and Intellectual Challenge
  • If you provide clear statements of course goals, student expectations, and efforts, teacher expectation and efforts, it will produce better student performance.
 
Learning from Students
  • Evaluation of teaching practices highlights successes, challenges, and identifies modifications to create more effective teaching practices
  • So acknowledge the relationship between teaching, learning, and content as problematic, uncertain and relative.

 

  
 
Teaching is the most incredibly demanding and challenging profession amongst all professions. As teachers, you are the ‘holder of information’ and your role is to impart this knowledge and skill to your students.