Walking into classroom full of students is a very interesting thing. The moment you open the door and cast your eyes around, you see many different things. Students are talking. Students are playing on their phones. Students are catching up on any last minute homework that they need to do. Heck, students might just be sitting there doing not a whole lot at all but eagerly awaiting the teachers arrival. Its a like a whole new world has opened up to greet your entry into the room. Because team, it actually has.
The aforementioned is not some rose petal description of a whimsical, desired or actual utopia - it is the reality of what teachers face each time they walk into the room. This reality - that students will be doing 50 different things when you greet them for class - is the surface covering something deeper that all good teachers are able to pick up very quickly. It is something normal. It is something natural. It is something evident. It is something regular. It is this ..
The classroom is a world of difference.
No 2 students are truly the same. They live in different places, come from different families, and have many different backgrounds. They are different ages, some are taller than others, and some wear more lipstick then others. They play different sports, have different jobs, and sing different songs. Some like Real Madrid and others like Barcelona.
Oh yes... they are also all sitting in front of you, waiting for class.
Good teachers must, and usually will, acknowledge this. The world is full of variety and the classroom is no different. Good teachers recognize this and are able to act accordingly. One of the biggest challenges in class is to bring different people together to work as one. It is also one of the biggest joys.
Teachers do this by recognizing that each student has different learning skills and abilities. For some students, they may learn more in class by reading things and may also be strong aural learners. Some students may better in writing things and speaking about them. Some students may hate the textbook but really like doing practical activities. Some people may love to express themselves through drama and art. Some students may be more physically talented and inclined. Once again, they are all sitting in front of you, waiting for you to help them along in they journey.
Teachers work out how each student learns and then develop the best ways to get the students to realize their potential in accordance to their preferred learning styles. Good teachers will always be on the lookout for best methods to use, and they are always looking to upgrade their skills and activity base in order to meet the different challenges that await them in the classroom.
The classroom sure is a world of difference and this can be intimidating for teachers at times. 30 different faces from 30 different places really do greet you when you walk into the room, and its up to you - the teacher - to find ways of bringing every one together and getting people to walk along the same path. Many roads have lead to the classroom, and with acknowledgement, acceptance, and skill; a good teacher can bring them altogether, have the students work as one, help them reach their potential - and maybe even create new roads for everyone to travel in the process.