Preparing for classes: A teacher’s checklist

The classroom can be a nightmare for first-time teachers. Thoughts of rowdy and inattentive students can plague their minds, and they might not know where to begin preparing for the lesson. These fears and worries may often be for naught, as teachers can take a step-by-step approach to preparing for their class.

This short step-by-step guide to preparing for classes can serve as any teacher’s checklist before their class commences and hell begins.

Step 1: Book a classroom

Setting a venue for your class is probably one of the most crucial things a teacher needs to do. If you don’t have a classroom in mind, it would be impossible to continue preparing. In such a situation, it may be beneficial to approach a service for classroom rental. Renting a classroom in Singapore for a few hours can cost as low as $180. This is especially important if you are freelancing as a teacher. Securing a venue would ensure you have a piece of mind, and can continue on with other preparations you will need for the class.

Step 2: Set your curriculum

What will you be teaching in the class? Asking yourself that question will most likely surface answers for what your lesson will be like. Remember that a class is often a place for students to learn something new. What will your students take away from this class? What type of people are you looking to engage, and with what skill sets? If you are intending to teach a skill or language, which level of mastery would be required as a prerequisite to attending this class? Figuring out these questions would give you a good gauge of the type of content that can benefit your students.

Then, it is up to you to prepare the lesson materials. Will there be worksheets? Slides? These generally are essential for students to retain what they learn during their few hours with you.

Step 3: Recruit students

Put out an announcement for holding your class, and get people who are interested to register. Remember to tell your pool of candidates about the class’s goals, aims, price of the class (you need to recoup the money you pumped into the classroom rental), the content that you will be covering, whether there are hands-on elements and the unique selling points of your class.

Students will only be interested in attending your class if they understand why they should.

Common promotional places include creating a Facebook event, posting in different Facebook groups, or telling friends and family via Whatsapp and similar mediums. It might also be good to have a registration process setup for people who are interested in signing up. You might also want to collect their payment immediately after registration, to ensure there is a level of commitment to the attendance.

Step 4: Practice!

There is a Chinese saying that goes, “One minute’s brilliant performance on the stage is attributed to ten years’ practice off the stage.” That is true for many professions, including teaching.

It’s recommended that you run through exactly what you will be talking about in the slides a few times before teaching the actual class. That way you will be familiar with your content and can anticipate hiccups or problems that may arise during the class.

Remember that a class can only be successful if your students actually do spend their time meaningfully with you.

And then, you’re ready to go! Smile proudly as you approach your students. Remember, these are the students who have placed their trust in your class; they’re paying for it! Enjoy the short limelight; be friendly and engaging.

This is your class.

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