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How to be a favorite teacher of kids?

Updated on February 9, 2013
Me with my whole class :)
Me with my whole class :) | Source
The cute little girls of my class
The cute little girls of my class | Source
The naughty boys of my class. Their actions when I was busy posing, shows their intimacy with me
The naughty boys of my class. Their actions when I was busy posing, shows their intimacy with me | Source

Children like a teacher not only based on their teaching skills but also look out for many other aspects in their teacher in the classroom. By making them like you as their favorite teacher in turn has an effect when you are actually teaching the subject.

This is predominantly applicable in the primary levels. As you move higher to the secondary or senior secondary, children start respecting you primarily for your knowledge on the subject and teaching skills.

Here are some tips to make children simply love your class.

1. Dress up well - You might be surprised to see this as a factor, but this is a very important factor. Children like teachers who dress up well. Wear bright colors, but, remember not to have too much make-up. Children prefer simple yet neat dressing. This gains you a star from them.

2. Have no favorites - In your course of plan to make yourself the favorite teacher, have no preference towards any particular child, in the primary levels, this affects the other children very much. Though, it is pretty natural to like a really cute, sweet, obedient child, you should try your best not to express that in the class in any visible way.

3. Allow children to talk - When a child has something to express, allow the child to talk and tell what he/she feels. This gives them a sense of freedom towards you which removes any inhibitions to participate in class.

4. Give a responsibility to everyone in class - Children love importance and attention. When a particular responsible child is given all the work to do, the other children feel left out and this in turn makes them get a "Why do I care" attitude. Giving even a small role/responsibility to a child makes him/her so happy and he/she puts in every bit of effort to complete it.

5. Never encourage complaining - Children tend to complain a lot about each other expecting you to support them. Ensure they are given a standing instruction - "Never Complain". Ask them to resolve the issue amongst themselves by using words like "Please", "Sorry", "Thank You" etc. Interfere only in serious issues.

6. Play games whenever/wherever possible - If you have the chance to be with your class for a free play or any other free period, involve yourselves in a game with them. Children love when you get to their level. This increases their bonding with you.

7. Eat with children - Try to eat lunch/snacks with the children when you can. Children love to share and eat with you which decreases any inhibitions they have. They feel really special realizing that a teacher eats with them.

8. Narrate stories - Children love to hear stories. By telling them moral stories, not only do you teach morals but also grab their attention to listen to you. You can also narrate stories of your childhood or stories which have someone they know as the main character. This makes them completely love the story.

9. Appreciate - Learn to appreciate even small things that children do and also encourage them to appreciate each other. Children always want that constant motivation from you. "Happygram" is a small piece of paper in which words of appreciation are expressed. Ask children to come forward and give happygrams to friends/classmates, thus increasing their bond with each other.

10. Have the magic touch - Small children love a pat or a hug always. Your touch works wonders. Giving them a hug makes them do a lot of things.

The above 10 points are from my experience with 8 year old children in my class. Implementing these ideas has made me their favorite teacher and the rapport I share with them gives me such happiness and satisfaction, that I love every moment of teaching in class.

Teachers who are reading this hub, do try to let me know if you liked my ideas.


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      Varun 4 years ago

      No wonder you are a favorite amongst them :)

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      My best teacher ever had was History teacher. He explained everything extremely clearly and the talking was full of fun which kept us laughing. He always listened to us and was always ready with a kind word. But he used to give us tremendous amount of homework. Great suggestions and thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Lavanya Vinodh 4 years ago

      Very useful tips.Would like to add one

      Teachers should not think that she is a "Teacher" and want the kids to listen to her words all time.

      A good Teacher(not only teachers) should be a patient Listener.

      You learn many things and get great ideas from the kids.

      Known is a drop and Unknown is an Ocean.

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Lavanya. I think I covered your point in Tip no. 3!

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks for taking the time to read dinkan53!

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      OTEE 4 years ago from India

      LOL. The photos were delightful. :D.

      I thought that I should mention it first, even before reading the hub.

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      OTEE 4 years ago from India

      Back from reading the hub. Great post. Three cheers to a wonderful teacher. *Thumbs up*

      PS: I'll be back later to discuss a few points.

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Otee: Thanks :) Waiting for more comments! :)

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      OTEE 4 years ago from India

      A point that I might like to add - maintain role clarity., that of a teacher.

      It is often possible that children, particularly those who have unhappy homes, exhibit transference, wherein they start identifying their teacher as their parent. This could have undesirable after-effects.

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      OTEE 4 years ago from India

      Regarding the photos - the boys seem to be the naughtier lot (boys will be boys). :) My question is whether boys and girls are innately different in behavior, or is this the difference in the upbringing that boys and girls have?

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      @Otee: You are very true about Role Clarity! Please do read http://deepikaarun.hubpages.com/hub/It-is-high-tim... Being a woman, the affection towards kids, though not too motherly, is quite obvious to children. Though I do maintain my limits, children tend to get more attached.

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Boys and girls are definitely different innately, but, I feel the gap is reducing day by day. Boys are becoming more girlish and girls more boyish which. I guess, is attributed to the upbringing.

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      Disillusioned 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      Nice and useful tips. I would like to add: A teacher should not display his/her mood swings (particularly female teachers) on the children.

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      Lisa Gilbertson 4 years ago

      Deepika ... While most of your comments seem to come from India, I wanted to say that they are truly universal. Here in the United States, we have soooo many regulations regarding how we interact with children, that many teachers can appear to be stand-offish. The teachers that I remember best as a child, are the ones who took that extra time to sit with us, and be a part of our world. Thank you for sharing such universal tips.

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      Deepika Arun 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Lisa.. Thanks for the wonderful comment. It is nice to hear that the tips are applicable across the globe.

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