Teacher Notes: Organizing the course with students - fundamental rules Pro Preview

There are some fundamental rules that we advise you to follow while organizing this course with students. Let's look at them.

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  • 06 Jan 2017
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Get to know one another

If the group has new members, make sure everyone introduces themselves. This is compulsory at first level. Sometimes, at second or higher levels there will be new students joining the course and you will have to follow the same procedure as well. Most common things to share are: name, age, school, favourite sports, after-class activities.

The teacher should start and shortly introduce himself the way it is expected from students.

Names

During the introduction session, ask the students to repeat the name of the speaker, after he/she has finished.

After the introduction session, check whether you have remembered the names of all students by repeating them aloud.

 

Establish a connection with students

 

Students will feel the teacher close of he/she shares and understands their interests. When there is a friendly environment in the classroom, students will surely do what their teacher expects from them .

You can establish such a connection as early as the introduction session. When students say something about their hobby, comment on it and ask a follow-up question.

  • If a student shares that he/she plays computer games ask which games so that you can share the names of the games you play or so that the other students can know they have common interests.
  • If a student shares they do some sport, ask them for the style they practice or the post they take in team sports.
  • When talking about sports, you can also ask about the student’s achievements - participation in competitions, cups, medals, etc.

When students say something you can relate to, use that opportunity -

  • I also play Minecraft and our school has its own server”;
  • “When I play football, I am usually the goalkeeper“;
  • “When I play volleyball, I prefer to be the libero”.

    In that way students will relate to you and you will become some sort of friends.
 

Keep stories related to the topic

Students may also share a story or achievement about a thing no one has done, but related to science or school.
Be careful, such stories may take a lot of time in the first lesson and you should better stick to hobbies.
If you still think that your students may share unrelated stories, guide them. Otherwise, inappropriate stories may ruin the discipline which is unacceptable, especially in the first lesson.

English

There are a couple of things very important things you as an instructor should know when starting this course for robotics and the way you do the course with a group of students. So let's stop at some of them and you can read more about them in the description below.

The first and probably most important thing is to break the ice in the group. It's very important for the students to know each other, to know their names. It is also very important for you to know their names, their age, something interesting about the student. So we've prepared a list with a number of ice breaking games. Games that you can use. Of course you can think of other games that you from your experience know that work. But it's very important to first break the ice in the group.

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