7 Mistakes Teacher Should Avoid

Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

Before you become a teacher you need to make a lot of sacrifices and also requires many requirements and certifications. However, each one of them must meet the certificate 3 qualification which is accredited and designed to allow graduates to demonstrate the learning results expressed as skills and knowledge.

But aside from having these important certificates, an educator must also have a good personality, kindness, and knows how to respect others and his/her responsibility as an educator.

However, you may possibly think of awesome teachers who have these characteristics and for sure you really admire them. You may also possibly think that some of them did not be worthy to be known as educators on the other hand. Simply because they were arrogant, frustrated, too flexible, too strict, or merely not motivating enough.

Actually, there is a definite class of mistakes that all teachers can avoid with mindful effort and in this article, and we listed seven of them. These are from habits of judgments to practices, but all of these have one significant thing in common, they will make your teaching career harder.

  1. Constantly Standing behind or in front of the desk while teaching

    As a teacher, the best way to fight classroom anxiety and student intimidation are by not separating yourself from your students by consuming all the time in front or in the center of the classroom. For younger students, they feel intimidated when they notice visible authority, so as a result, they will emotionally separate themselves.

    On the other hand, this mistake can be avoided, by establishing physical contact as well as eye contact with your students.

  2. Burning Out and Working Too Hard

    It is reasonable why teaching career has the peak income amount of any career. That is why many people cannot drudge it for long. So if you keep working very hard and stay up very late at night, perhaps you will be the next teacher to quit his/her job.

    Yes, it is normal for teachers to take care of their responsibilities at school, be effective, and work smart, but you still need to go home and relax for a while or enjoy your spare time together with your family.

    And it could be one of the most difficult advice every teacher can follow “Don’t let school problems and responsibilities affect your well-being as well as your ability to enjoy your life outside the school premises.”

  3. Not Seeking Help

    Every teacher must possess exceptional skills so that they would be able to handle problems that come in their way. But, handling both family and school problems is not easy sometimes. That is why don’t be frightened to admit mistakes and show them that you are vulnerable. Don’t hesitate to ask your administrators or colleagues for assistance, because most of them are willing to give their time and to give you an advice. And possibly they have already experienced the same thing what you are currently going through.

  4. Don’t Make Things Too Hard for Yourself

    Your teaching career will not be completed if you did not experience any mental distress over imperfections, mistakes, and slip-ups. As a teacher, perhaps you’re familiar with the famous line “Nobody’ perfect.” Because even the most skilled educators make a poor decision very often.

    If you want to become a better teacher, learn to forgive yourself and not to over-complicate things particularly the small ones. Run through the same consideration like what you have shown to your students and most importantly, don’t let yourself fool you.

  5. Teaching Without any Consideration

    Don’t be too harsh on your students, if you do then try to put your feet in your student’s shoes and try to visualize what they think, like, and want. You should always keep in your mind that you’re also a doubtful and selfish at once.

  6. When asking a question, instantly call for a volunteer

    When you do this, perhaps you will already know what will happen next. Some of your students don’t even bother to contemplate because eventually, they are expecting that someone will give the answer. So instead of calling volunteers, ask all of your students to bring out a sheet paper and write down some questions while you’re lecturing.

    Once you have finished lecturing collect those papers and allocate ten minutes for question and answer session. This is the best way to recap on what you have lectured.

  7. Minimizing Parental Involvement and Communication

    In the beginning, dealing with your student’s parents is a bit intimidating, that is why some educators are making excuses to avoid questions and confrontations.

    On the other hand, when you ignore this approach, you’re wasting a valuable resource. Because parents can help you to do your work easier, by supporting behavior agendas at home and offering something useful in your class.

    So, if you want to make your whole school year flows smoothly, make sure to communicate evidently with your student’s parents.


If you have fallen into some of those mistakes, try to stop or avoid them, If you treat your students the way they should not be treated, make sure you’re ready with consequences because there will come a time that they will do the same thing to you.

Most importantly, show some care and respect to your students and colleagues to avoid committing the same mistakes again.

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