Creating a conducive and effective learning environment is a fundamental responsibility for all TSC registered teachers in Kenya.
However, it is equally important for a teacher to avoid potential pitfalls and mistakes that can hinder their efforts to provide quality education.
By avoiding these common missteps/Mistakes , a teacher can foster a positive and nurturing atmosphere that supports the growth and development of their students.
- Avoid assigning tasks that you won’t have time to grade. It indicates both ineptitude and a lack of professionalism if you don’t mark your students’ assignment or homework.
- If you are preparing your pupils for external tests, you should not restrict the lessons to the allotted time. Maximize your interaction time with students so that you can cover the content that’s required adequately.
- Avoid dismissing a student from the learning environment owing to behavior issues during instruction. By doing so, you lose control over their actions outside the classroom, which could potentially lead to unintended consequences or accidents.
- In no circumstances should you ever touch a student inappropriately. This includes any form of physical or sexual touch that might be misinterpreted by the victim. Such allegations can be damaging and challenging to defend against.
- If you want your learners to succeed in school, you shouldn’t subject them to emotional punishment. Instead, work on methods of discipline that are productive and uplifting.
- Treat all students fairly and equally. It’s crucial that no child receive preferential treatment. Every child should be treated with the same care and consideration.
- Never leave a pupil unattended in a classroom, lab, or other learning environment. This practice goes against child protection policies. Try not to stick to just one approach while instructing.
- It is wrong to force a student to kneel for a lengthy amount of time. If they have any preexisting health conditions, being in that posture might make them worse.
- Do not plan against or take any action that might lead to the dismissal of the school’s headmaster or any other authority official. Keep in mind that everything you do has an effect, and that making things worse for everyone might have serious implications.
- Don’t make things hard for your students by acting wildly towards them or being a tough teacher. Despite your difficulties, have a positive mindset and work towards making your classroom a welcoming and safe place for students to study.