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CHOOSING A CAREER / OCT. 21, 2014
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How to Avoid the Perils of Teaching

Due to technological advancements, the rise of social media and the changing attitudes of children, the lives of teachers are quite different than what they were accustomed to prior to the computer revolution. As we previously wrote, it can be dangerous to be an instructor today.

Ostensibly, smartphone and YouTube have created a terrible dilemma for teachers. With constant classroom disruptions, professors getting frustrated and behaviors getting out of hand, much of the reactions are recorded on phones, uploaded to YouTube and shared on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.

Budget constraints, terrible home settings and impoverished neighborhoods are usually the inherent problems of a horrific school and classroom. Teachers still persist, however.

Working as a teacher can often come with a toxic work environment. Although it may seem easier said than done, the perils of teaching can oftentimes be avoided with a little determination, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. Remember, we were all adolescents at one time or another so a little bit of empathy will be needed.

Here are four ways to circumvent the haphazard instances of teaching young kids and teenagers:

Social networking

Social media is a wonderful invention – it can start revolutions, it can connect celebrities with their fans and it can produce up-to-the-minute news updates. However, it has also become a dangerous tool for unscrupulous individuals.

The latest trend among teachers is to connect with their pupils through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets. The good intentions are there, but it’s prone to abuse as students can pry into the private lives of their instructors and learn about every nuance they have. Those bad pupils, who wish harm on their teachers, can have access to each facet of a teacher’s life.

Here are two potential solutions:

-          Create a separate professional account so students can connect with their teachers, which can also mean teachers can’t place personal information and photos on their accounts.

-          Do not connect with students at all and maintain a relationship at the school.

Classical music

Composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have produced some of the greatest music of all time. Children and teens may not find classical music cool, but it can produce a wide range of positive effects, particularly a calm, tranquil and relaxing classroom. Instead of having either a silent classroom or a classroom engulfed by rambunctious teens, a room with classical music can produce a positive atmosphere.

Grades and smartphones

Smartphones in classrooms are as ubiquitous as pencil sharpeners. However, these mobile devices can be a distraction and even allow pupils to cheat.

One way to circumvent this is to institute a new policy: each time a student is caught using their mobile phone they will be deducted half a percentage point on their final grade. This can easily dissuade teens from utilizing their iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones for recording teachers, cheating on exams and playing games.

Records

Troubled youth like to act out, and in many instances, there have been physical altercations inside the place of instruction. In addition, students, including these troublesome teens, may need personal, one-on-one tutoring with teachers for math, English or physics.

With that being said, in order to protect themselves, teachers should keep in-depth records in relation to each chaotic incident or one-on-one sitdown with a pupil. This way, if any sort of problems should transpire, teachers will have stellar records of what took place, with whom and why. Students may not think of the future and their actions so it is common in today’s schools for unfounded accusations and unpleasant actions.

Many teachers simply want to fill their students’ minds with knowledge and to help prepare them for real life. A good number of students fail to realize the consequences of their actions, and some teachers may not be ready for such disagreeable behaviors. By incorporating these tips into their lesson plans, the classroom can return to what it was initially intended to be: a venue for learning and fun.

Photo by audio luci store via Flickr.

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