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Teaching Strategies to Help Students Succeed

Janelle Cox

The main priority of any teacher is to ensure that their students succeed. A student’s success can be measured in many ways; by receiving good grades, how much they are involved in class, or even how well they have improved.

No matter how you measure success, a teacher’s goal is to strive and help each and every student reach their full potential. They can do this by applying a few of the following teaching strategies to their everyday classroom routine.

Teaching Strategies that Eliminate Distractions

You can eliminate distractions by creating effective classroom procedures and routines. Without a consistent schedule for students to follow, students end up misbehaving or getting distracted. You can easily eliminate these distractions by designing and implementing effective classroom procedures for everything that you do in the classroom -- procedures such as getting a pencil, going to the restroom, handing in your homework, and so on.

Teaching Strategies that Maintain High Expectations

Oftentimes, teachers start the year off with high expectations for their students but end up lowering them as the year goes on. It’s important to set high, achievable expectations throughout the whole year. When your expectations are consistently high, students will have a good chance of achieving them. Even if they do not rise to the occasion, they will still benefit from having a goal to achieve.

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Teach the Way Your Students Learn

Actor Michael J. Fox stated, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” All students learn at a different pace, and have a different learning style. When you vary your teaching methods, you have a better chance of reaching all of your students. Trying a variety of different learning style techniques will keep your students engaged and interested.

Tell Students How They Can Succeed

It’s important to be transparent with your students about how they can succeed. Children need to know what they have to do in order to succeed in your classroom. This means that in the beginning of the school year, you must hand out a syllabus that clearly defines what is expected of the students. In addition to that, it is important that before each lesson you state your objective for what students are about to learn. For older students, you can hand them a rubric that clearly states what is expected of the project, essay, or paper that is due.

Keep Up With the Latest Information

Many teachers tend to do the same lessons year after year, and this can get quite monotonous -- and it can lead to you feeling bored and uninspired. To keep everyone on her toes, you must keep up with the latest educational information. Take a professional development course, go online and take a webinar, or search through online blogs and forums and learn something new to bring to your classroom. This will not only make you be a better teacher, but it will also help your students to grow and succeed in school.

Believe in Your Students

This may seem quite obvious, but it’s important to note that every student needs to know that their teacher believes in them. There will always be those few students who may be hard to reach, or who you think just don’t care. But these are the students who need to know that someone has faith and believes that they are capable of anything. So set aside any of your personal feelings and show these students that you believe that they will succeed.

Teachers have a responsibility to help all of their students succeed. If you find that a student isn’t performing up to standards then it’s your job to offer help. You can modify assignments, have a conference to see what’s going on, or offer strategies that you think may help. Find a way to help every student be successful.

How do you think teachers can help their students succeed? Do you have anything to add? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below, we would love to hear your ideas.

Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.