Seven Secrets About Teachers Every Student Needs to Know to be Successful July 22, 2015 10:08

Over the years, I have been training students how to create their own Owner's Manual for their teachers. It is somewhat like a Teacher's Manual on How to Teach Me, a student's manual. When students know what they need to be successful, they are more apt to become engaged learners. Instead of passively participating in the class, they become actively engaged learners who know how to get their needs met. 

The first place I start is by sharing my "Seven Secrets About Teachers."  Today I will share my first secret: "Teachers are NOT Mind Readers!" 

Teachers can have the most expensive mind reading glasses or taken the most expensive mind reading course like I have, but they still don’t know what you are thinking or feeling. In fact, they may often misread your mind.

They also might think you understand everything they are saying, and yet you do not. They may think their instruction is clear, when it is not. They may think you don’t care when you do, or they may think you weren’t listening, when in fact you were. 

Students' jobs are to make sure they communicate effectively and ask lots of questions. By asking questions, they are helping the teacher clear up confusion.  Questions alert the teacher to the strategies for instruction that are most effective for each student.  Future instruction is directed more by students' questions than by a manual. If the questions are asked of parents, parents are the only ones who know what the students are thinking. If the questions are asked of the teacher, instruction will improve. 

Overcoming the fear of asking questions is the next topic I will be discussing in my blog. So stay tuned.

I will be demonstrating my "Seven Secrets about Teachers" in my new Video.  It will be available next week for trial reviews only. Only my subscribers will be offered a limited time free viewing. So keep visiting my blog for the announcement. Only the first twenty-five to respond to the "Request to View," will receive the special code.