High school teacher here.
What makes lecture/exercise interesting for you? What makes you listen?
Interesting subjects, explained without fanciness, only practical things that will help the understanding, examples, powerpoints, movies, anything as long as it's necessary for the explanation.
There was one time I left my gates open. Fucking embarrassment.
Yeah, most important information is great, but comes with a big downside, the lecture ends like 30~40 mins early, which is unforgivable. So there is a reason we stretch lectures with filler info.
Actually seemingly interested in the subject being taught helps, rather than just appearing to go through the motions
Why would I care if the person in charge of my education doesn't give a heck
Bring curiosities within the subject, that are not essential, but interesting nonetheless. When a teacher stops the class to talk about their life/their students life, it does not look good.
It's nice to know that place an important part for someone. I am interested in what I teach, but... linguistic is generally... quite boring. I do try to live it up with charisma and jokes, but, there is age barrier and it's quite difficult to get through.
I need to brb, can you gays keep the thread alive for a sec?
what would normally help me listen is if i thought the teacher was cool honestly like i had a teacher who was a /b/ro in middle school and we got along pretty good so i tended to listen to his lectures more
Visible charisma and interest, not only in the subject but actually wanting to help us learn.
I used to love science with a teacher called Mr. Riley and he left the next year, along came Ms. Allison, who, although was hot as fuck (which was a distraction I didn't need), she was rather useless, seemed to just read off the computer 90% of the time. In fact I doubt she knew the subject at all.
Yeah thats true but if a teacher is a retard just go to the principal or whatever and report. Its not line they will fix themselves and if you live i the us its pretty easy to get people fired
OP, I teach English too, also as a foreign language.. We're told the best way is to make things about them. For example, there's a situation -> how would you react ? Do you agree, etc..
When I was in highschool, I had a bad ass algebra teacher. He'd mess with us. If we got a question wrong he would call us stupid in a sort of "are you fucken serious" way. Everyone liked him cuz of it. His lessons really stuck too. To all the highschool slurs, Jocks, and whatnot.. He would put them on,the spot and burn em. It was fun as fuck.
tl;dr make it fun
I'm majoring in english/history to become a teacher. (germanfag here)
You don't really have to be a hardass. My old class and me really respected our most skilled teachers, someone who knows his area really well, throws in some trivia, some jokes here and there, stuff like that. Always come prepared, if not, they'll know of course. Like when you forget to discuss last weeks homework or something.
We're being taught much about didactics and how to talk to the kids. It's only my third semester, but yeah basically that's it. Lots of seminars about how to talk to them in person and not just in class. Making sure they understand how important it is to study at home while not sounding like some old fart.
What are you teaching btw?
OP is back but the source has been posted already
Can you elaborate?
How far can you go with humour?
Well, it depends at what level you're working at.. But for instance, I worked on Immigration in the US in the 20s; Ellis Island and stuff. By getting the kids to react, to imagine themselves leaving their friends and family, being badly treated, etc..
Do you punish them for using mobile phones during your lecture?
but I also agree with the humour thing. Whenever I ask one student a question and another replies I always make a joke (like pretending the student I asked answered the question) or ridicule the person (if he/she will take it well).