Christian schools pride themselves on creating environments that encapsulate the values and teachings of God, in order to provide the very best education for students. For teachers, it is important that they can make an impact in their role, and begin to nurture students into well-rounded young adults with Christian values.
We have put together some tips for how you can establish yourself as a leader and have an impact in a classroom environment.
Strive for excellence
Put as much effort as possible into everything you do, from lesson planning to marking - and everything in between. Not only does this set an excellent example for students, it avoids small mistakes that you may have to go back and rectify later. This will also gain the respect of fellow teachers and administration, and will certify your position as a valuable team member and potential leader in the school.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” Colossians 3:23.
Here at Excelsia, we are passionate about lifelong learning for our students and staff. A positive and exciting view of learning enables teachers to inspire their students, and demonstrate the benefits and opportunities that come when you engage your mind and expand your horizons So, read often, ask questions and don’t stop learning as a teacher.
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance” Proverbs 1:5.
Teach for the heart
Often, teachers are more concerned with a child’s outward behaviour than what’s on the inside. But flip this on its head; surely a student that has strong community values and love in their heart is more likely to display good behaviour and respect for staff and fellow students. A good heart will spur on students to act respectfully outside of the classroom and have a truly lasting impact.
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good.” Luke 6:45.
Establish and possess deep knowledge
This does not only apply to academic learning and knowledge; be sure you’re staying abreast of the latest developments in education and teaching, which you may be able to apply to the learning in your classroom or to develop yourself as a teacher. Be intellectually open, creative and curious, and encourage the expression of these qualities from your colleagues and students, too.
“Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.” Proverbs 20:15.
There are many ways to have an impact as a teacher, both from an academic perspective as well as emotional and social support for children. If you’re looking to advance your knowledge as an educator, our online Master of Education may be perfect for you. Get in touch with our Enrolment team on 1300 917 916 for more information.