Often times we learn more by listening and observing. This helps a teacher to know and understand pupils properly. In the teaching profession observation is key. By developing this skill, you are able to understand and monitor pupils better. You know when there is a change in behaviour, when there is a change in performance, when pupils are motivated etc.

Let’s take a look at how you can easily develop this skill.

  • Take a break from all your activities. Allow your mind to be in a relaxed state. Make a conscious and deliberate effort to sweep away negative thoughts. Look out for beautiful things, observe your surroundings, appreciate nature and think happy thoughts. This exercise keeps you focused and relaxed. It will also make you more conscious of your surroundings.

  • See the world through the eyes of your pupils. Put yourself in their place. Children watch, learn and appreciate easily. Look for and appreciate details that stand out from each other, irrespective of what they are. Learn to walk in their shoes and see how the assimilate instructions and teachings through their eyes. When you do this often you’ll begin to see and observe things easily.

  • This point is connected to the first point. Take out time to reflect on an event you witnessed or things that happen around you. When you do this, you increase your awareness level and you are able to recall. This will make you more observant and even as you teach, your illustrations will be relevant and precise.

When teachers are too busy and distracted, they never really get to know their pupils. Train your minds, slow down and you will become more aware of your pupils and their needs.


Often times, pupils develop low self-esteem when they don’t perform well and constantly make mistakes. Teachers, model to your pupils the graceful acceptance of mistakes. That way, we are teaching them that we all make mistakes, we can recover from any mistake and that even intelligent people also make mistakes.

Teachers, please practice what you preach. Don’t feel ashamed when your pupils correct you or challenge your trail-of-thought. Instead of yelling “SHUT UP AND LISTEN!” take advantage of the interaction and engage them further. Then commend them for pointing out the mistakes.

As a teacher, be humbled by your mistakes. It brings you down from your high horse, and then turns it into something more positive by recognizing your errors and further expanding your mind by acquiring more information on the subject matter. It sharpens your teaching skills.


Teachers are sometimes expected to be superhuman. They are expected to KNOW IT ALL, NEVER MAKE MISTAKES, NEVER GET TIRED and NEVER HAVE BAD DAYS! This is obviously impossible, as teachers are only humans and prone to mistakes, just like the rest of us.

So, how should teachers handle mistakes during class sessions with their pupils?

When a teacher makes a mistake; though penitent, he/she shouldn’t dwell long on the mistake, but get into auto-drive to recovery from the mistake made—this makes you a better teacher over time. You learn to commit things to memory and put your improvement together in making you a better teacher.

Learning is a never ending pathway to greatness and being a teacher doesn’t grant you exclusion.

When pupils observe their teacher’s mistakes, they would most likely respond by correcting their teacher. Accept the correction without feeling incompetent, that way, you would have learnt something new and you would have taught your pupils to accept their mistakes, bounce back and be motivated to learn more.

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  1. Teaching them to recognize opportunities and how to seize them will contribute to their level of success in the future. Brainstorm on solutions together on how to resolve problems around them. Teach them how to turn every crisis into an opportunity. This would help them to see solution in any problem that arises. It can help them to develop profitable ideas in their future businesses.


If you’re trusted and liked by your pupils, your classroom becomes a loving and beautiful place where your pupils look forward to being part of everyday process. This is a plus for every teacher because it helps in everything you do with your pupils and your work becomes easier for you.

How do you do this?

Begin by showing and telling them how much you appreciate them and how much you love being their teacher. Children respond to love from their teachers and they’re easily motivated when they are loved.

Let them know that you understand the pressure that they face and how they constantly stretch themselves to become better. Make them know you enjoy being their teacher. Don’t be seen as the “big bad wolf.” Be reachable. Make them feel valuable, always.

Don’t be quick to condemn your pupils. Always be kind and affectionate but be firm in your approach. Constantly see the good in them irrespective of their characters. You can reward good performances with star stickers. As you do this, it pulls them into more, within the scope of your influence, building trust and confidence in you.


How do you teach lessons that capture your pupil’s interest?

Your teaching pattern plays a significant role in their learning process, as it affects their enjoyment of the class and the quality of their work. You may already be using these tips we’ll be sharing but you can still improve on them.


The way you introduce your lessons matters a lot. You need to connect with your pupils from the beginning till the end of your lesson. If you don’t, you’ll lose them halfway through your teaching.


Focus on what you want to achieve with your teaching. What benefits will they derive from your teaching? Focus on why your lesson is worth hearing. For every lesson, there should be different benefits.


Be creative in your teaching. Learn to infuse humor into your teaching. You could even equate a math problem with a super hero solving lots of problems. Think outside the box. 

Do not be too stiff with your teaching. Give your pupils reason to listen to you and be interested in what you are teaching. Learn to draw them in with. Whatever method you use should be captivating and interesting.


Some teachers think being extremely strict or hard on pupils is the best way to go when it comes to handling them. Little did they know that such an attitude creates a poor relationship with their pupils; that is, a poor rapport is established if a teacher is too strict. Creating a good rapport with pupils is one thing every teacher must do, no matter the attitude or character they portray.



Below are a few tips to be considered in order to establish a good rapport with your pupils:



This seems like an obvious tip, but just knowing the first name of your pupil isn’t enough. Knowing your students by name is very important, but don’t just stop there, you have to learn how to correctly pronounce and spell the full names. It tells them you are aware of their presence, and that’s a good one!




This is also a good way of establishing a good rapport because it helps both the pupil and teacher to share ideas in certain areas. The pupil might be interested in a particular thing that may also be of interest to the teacher. That way, they are able to connect more with each other.




No matter how intense teaching a class is, a laugh or two never hurts anyone. Learn to ease your tension and brighten the atmosphere of your class room once in a while, you don’t have to be ‘ALL BUSINESS, NO PLEASURE’ type. If you happen to have such personality as a teacher, it will not help your relationship with your pupils to grow. Try to push the breaks when teaching sometimes. Chip in one or two jokes in line with what you’re teaching.




The fact that you are the teacher in your class doesn’t mean the respect pattern should be one way. You shouldn’t have the mind-set of being respected alone by your pupils without you returning the same respect towards them. Respect is reciprocal and it is earned when you respect others.




No pupil would like to relate with a face-frowning teacher. Your smile must be genuine. When you smile, you create an easy access for your pupils to meet you at any given time to share thoughts or ideas with you. Have this in mind always; ‘Behind every smile, there is an access’!


One thing parents wouldnt take lightly is to hear that their children are complaining about the way they are being treated by their teacher(s) in school. Most parents will NOT just fold their arms and let it go, they must take an action as soon as possible.  So, when you decide to do something about it, how would you go about handling such situation?

Would you go to your child’s school, with guns blazing and yelling at the teacher and making him or her apologize for whatever the denunciation is? 


Would you send your child back to school with one of those “MY MOMMY SAID… kind of message to the teacher?


Would you wait for your child to come back with the same complaints for the 5th or 8th time before taking some overdue actions? 
Well, it could be a sensitive issue that requires a sensitive approach, so knowing what to do is very important, but firstly, in handling a situation as delicate as this, there is one thing to consider: Teachers are seen as a representation of us parents, as they too have the capacity to be caring, dedicated and well -trained in ways of making impacts on their pupils. With that said, here are actionable steps you can take in order to  attend to a situation whereby your child comes reporting his or her teacher for maltreating him /her. 


The first and most important thing to do when you get such complaints from your child is to ask questions. Dont be a parent who shoots first and asks questions later. Always be patient to know what the matter really is before taking any action. Sometimes it may seem like the teacher actually did something bad to your child based on how your child communicate it to  you, but it isnt always like that, as the child might have communicated to you poorly, or you might just have misunderstood your child’s communication. 
For example:

A child comes home and says to her mother MOMMY, EVERYBODY IN MY CLASS  HATES ME”. 

Obviously that’s not possible, but it’s something you should not let pass either, rather your attention as a parent should be, WHAT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY TRANSPIRED FOR YOUR CHILD TO HAVE SUCH WRONG NOTIONS?”, So whether it’s true or not, it requires the parent’s attention. 


Try to empathize with your children. This is more like an encouragement you give to them if such complaints come to you, especially if you know your childs teacher very well and you both are always communicating about your child’s progress, youd know that he or she was, most likely, only trying to bring out the best in your child. What you should do is; let your children know that there is something great inside of them and their teachers are only trying to help bring out that greatness from within them. 

Step 2 would be to inform the teacher; and with that information, the teacher can work better with your child as a tip off has been made of your child’s state of mind. 


At this point, you should try to make your child see from the teachers perspective, and you explain that the teacher would have only meant well for him or her. Having heard the complaints of your child, try not to say negative things about the teacher. Saying such things about teachers in  the presence of  children is bad for everyone involved; your child inclusive, as your child loses respect for the teacher. Try to make them understand that teachers are to be respected, listened to and obeyed. 


Some schools have policies about situations as these. If after more findings you still have strong reasons to believe your child is being maltreated, abused or threatened in any form or way, as a parent it’s your duty to pursue further by presenting your case to the authorities of the school your child attends for further investigations or recommendations.


Do you know that your pupils may be looking at you as you teach without actually listening? As a teacher, you may find yourself in this situation daily, so be prepared!
One way of keeping your pupils’ attention on you is to become animated while teaching, by moving around the classroom, or talking louder than you normally would. 
One other way is to constantly practice the act of pausing. Slow down and learn to pause in-between sentences. When you pause while teaching you capture and keep the attention of your pupils. It actually helps you to  listen to yourself too. For a better effect, you could actually make your lesson look “awkward” by pausing for about 5 seconds. They can’t but wonder why you paused for that long. They will all be drawn to you. This brings drama to your teaching and your class will come alive!
You may also get their attention by using catchphrases. This may not seem like it can make a lot of impact but when they hear you using your favourite catchphrases, they know an instruction must definitely follow. 
Use these few tips, and help your pupils TO LISTEN AND DECIPHER  things  for THEMSELVES. 

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Have you ever spoken to your pupils with so much anger that you ended up regretting? Words can build and also destroy. Remember it is easier to destroy than to build. As you teach, be patient and never allow any issue to get out of control. You should always be in charge, because you are the teacher and they are your pupils. Make your classroom a haven of peace, where your pupils must be comfortable and feel safe. 

Never go to your classroom unprepared, as it might model negative behavior in your pupils if you are never ready for the day’s work. Show good example always, because they are constantly watching you. 
Be patient with them. Be approachable.  If you always yell at them, there’s every possibility that they’ll be insecured and tensed

in class.  Regardless, be firm in handling a disrespectful pupil. They should know that there are rules and these rules are meant to be obeyed. Always be in control, never lose it and treat all your pupils with fairness. Always give them your undivided support.
Remember you are the head of your class and with it comes great responsibility.