In no particular order...
- LIVE Jesus. Include Him in your lesson plans, your lectures, your presentations. Meditate on Him during class. It's very attractive. (Students notice...I noticed.)
- ATTITUDE. Your students reflect yours.
- RESPECT. You have to earn it. Best method of action? Give it (but don't give in).
- Exhibit authority. Students are pushing the boundaries to know where they stop. Push back – gently.
- Be yourself. Students hate acting in class as much as you do. Stop it.
I'd rather see students laugh to my face than poke fun behind my back.
- Everyone wants to and deserves to feel special. Make it your job to make sure they do. Smile. Make eye contact. Let each student know that they matter.
- Encourage good behavior rather than discouraging bad.
- Praise – personal and direct. At least daily.
- Talk with the students one-on-one. Become more than just the blood-red-pen-wielding orator. Be a mentor, a friend. Talk to the student about more than just school. You have a life; so do they.
- Get involved in student activities. Students notice when you attend things that you don't have to. It helps them think attending is OK, too.
- Don't discuss students negatively in staff meetings unless it's absolutely necessary. You don't like talk behind your back; students don't like it, either.
- Learning should be fun. How many non-fun things do you like to remember? The classroom doesn't have to be a dungeon of death, but it can't be an amusement park, either. Find the middle ground.
- Get excited. Find something in the material that you're excited about. Excitement (and the consequent facilitation of learning) is contagious.
- Find out what makes your students tick. Revisit it. Try to impersonate it. Make a fool of yourself (example: try to rap while teaching). They'll appreciate that you tried...that you noticed.
- Pray for your students.
Let them know you're praying for them.
Pray with your students.