Pre-primary education is the initial phase of learning for children. This is the first step that they take in the educational field from where their academic, social, and personal growth and development begin. Therefore, quality teaching plays an important role for pre-primary learners. Teaching classes like a nursery, and kindergarten, for children of three to six years of age can be very challenging for the teachers. However, by following the right teaching practices, one can become an effective pre-primary teacher. Let us discuss a complete set of tips that teachers can follow in this regard.
Steps to becoming an effective pre-primary teacher
1. Use multimedia tools to teach
Making today’s kids focus on textbooks is quite a difficult task. However, students are highly attracted to technology so why not use the same in learning too? By using online teaching apps and sites teachers can access several audiovisual tools like educational videos, modules, demonstrations, picture cards, PowerPoint presentations, infographics, and animations. With the help of visualization, students tend to understand the concepts better and more quickly.
Learning becomes more fun and interesting too. Other than this, a primary class teacher is surrounded by work and duties all the time. For better time management and work efficiency, using technology is helpful. By using fee management software, teachers can keep digital records of the fee deposits, dues, receipts, and more. This way teachers can complete the work quickly and effectively, and there is no need to spend hours doing it all manually.
2. Go for chorus learning
Making pre-primary children focused on learning is very difficult. Instead of asking them to memorize individually, go for chorus learning. Make your students recite the poems, and rhymes together. Divide the class into small groups, and ask each group to learn and recite the alphabet and numbers in chorus. For example, you can read out a poem stanza and ask students to repeat after you. This way all students will become learning oriented. Classes become more fun and engaging.
3. Stay affectionate
Pre-primary classes are the first step that kids take in the world of education. These kids might be reluctant to come to the class and leave their parents even for a couple of hours. In these cases, teachers need to treat students with love, care, and affection. Welcome your students with warmth and love. Make sure that you don’t scold them, and give time to all the students equally. Giving rewards, appreciation, and chocolate treats are some ways to show affection towards students.
4. Treat students with patience
As we discussed above, pre-primary class students are quite young and lack the maturity to understand the importance of learning. It can be very challenging for teachers to teach and keep kids on the right track. In such cases, the staying patient is very important. Students might cry while leaving their parents at the school gate, they might be very mischievous in the classroom and many other behavioral issues may occur. Strictness and punishments can make the situation worse, therefore teachers must treat students with patience. Gently make them understand, and more learning specific.
5. Keep interacting with parents regularly
In the growth and development of students, teachers, and parents also play an equal contribution. Therefore the interaction between teachers and parents is very important. Teachers should ask parents about the lifestyle, habits, and behavior of the students. Ask them what their child likes or dislikes so that you can follow the right teaching practices accordingly. Along with this, give consistent feedback to the parents.
Share with them how their ward is performing in the class and what more can be done for improvement and betterment. Using an attendance management system, keep digital records of students’ attendance, and share them with the parents. Ask them to send their child regularly to the school, so that they become familiar with the learning environment.
6. Conduct extracurricular activities
For the right academic as well as holistic growth and development of the students, conducting extracurricular activities in pre-primary classes is very necessary. Continuous learning can make students feel bored, less attentive, and lazy too. For keeping them more active, activities like Zumba, aerobics, yoga, art, craft, and music should be conducted. You can conduct some more interesting and sporty activities for students like swimming, skating, cricket and more.
Providing students with a quality education is a primary duty of every teacher. By following the above-mentioned tips such as using technology, and treating students with patience, and affection one can become an effective pre-primary teacher. This will help them to shape students rightly and contribute to their primary and secondary learning. Also, all pre-primary teachers should try to be more creative and opt for unique teaching styles regularly.