First and foremost, congratulations on your first teaching job! You may have been an assistant teacher, a substitute or shadowed a senior - either way this is an exciting moment for your teaching career. Stationery, textbooks and course material aside, the PC plays an important role, too. Here's why
Planning well in advance and preparing for anything may come up in class, makes a good teacher - better. When you have a definitive plan, it is much easier to track progress and keep relevant resources ready. Websites such as Education World and Teacher are a great source for templates and ideas for lesson planning.
The idea of a classroom where the teacher is the only one talking is getting outdated. The more energised your students are, the more they're likely to register everything you're saying - which is possible when having a two-way conversation. Initiate conversation with Icebreakers for lessons that your students will look forward to every time.
What do projects, group assignments, science experiments, and field trips have in common?
They are all practical homework ideas. The best part is students of all ages show more enthusiasm towards them and in turn understand the subject matter better, too.
Exams have always been a pen and paper affair. It has its advantages and will continue to be the norm. However, a PC can help in assessment with the help of tools such as Google Classroom. What sets it apart is the fact you can give students immediate feedback with additional learning resources and can also increase the frequency of testing.
Help is a click away with communities such as Teachers of India, Edutopia Community and Microsoft Educator Community enabling teachers both old and new to connect with each other to share ideas, advice and support. Even a couple of minutes a day spent on reading will keep you up to date on what's happening in the teaching world.
The difference between a good and great teacher is the effort put to uplift a student's relationship with learning. You too can do it by making the most of the PC you're using right now.
Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.