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Learning Teaching skills Teaching is a very challenging job and important profession. Teaching is about passion; not only motivating students to learn, but teaching them how to learn. It is about caring for your responsibility, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to your students. Teaching needs special skills and psychology. To provide better education a teacher needs to learn how to teach. What skills should we learn as a teacher so that we can meet these challenges? It is essential for a teacher to establish a good rapport with the students. Put more effort to know each student and try to connect with every student well. By having a good rapport with the students, it makes the class interaction flow effectively. student will feel more comfortable and free to interact with a friendly teacher. Rapport is not just about speaking to the student; it is about listening and understanding how the student learns in the class. The teacher with good rapport skills understands this and thinks about it when communicating with the student. Teaching becomes more effective if the teachers could identify the students? needs and interest. Teaching is not merely delivering lesson but experiencing the learning process. Use variety of activities and different teaching techniques to fulfil students? needs and interest. Try to get students to participate actively in every activity. Give them equal chance to express their ideas, to answer a question, and to be creatively playing a game. Give them incentives or reward when they perform a good work. The reward could be a gift or just a verbal compliment like ?Well done?, ?good job? and ?Great idea?! Praising a student for job well done is a great form of motivation. This positive gesture and compliment is very necessary to boost their confident in learning. It is easier to start teaching with what the students know and progress accordingly to the learning pace of the students. Move from simple concepts to complex concepts. Try to teach according to the students? level and try to get feedback from them. Don't use TEFL jargons or complex explanation in your lesson. students will find learning more rewarding if the students could progress steadily and the knowledge they have learned are applicable. Teacher must be creative to facilitate teaching with different teaching aids and material. Many different teaching aids can be used to make lesson more interesting, effective and lively. Try to integrate your lesson plan with audio visual aid. Use video, computers, charts, tape recorder, CD player, overhead projector, slide projector etc. They will enhance your teaching. Be sensitive to your students; accommodate the students? preferred learning style. Find out which learning style is the most appropriate when delivering a lesson. Information will be presented visually, orally or in a written format? Always make material meaningful in your lesson. The more meaningful teaching material, the quicker and easier it will be learned. Managing the classroom is one of the most difficult tasks for any teachers especially handling a large class. It is imperative that every teacher should endeavour to be a good classroom manager. Being a good classroom manager means building classroom discipline in students. Teachers may deals with disruptive behaviour in the classroom. Therefore, when the teacher applies good and proven classroom management techniques, he or she must be able to bring under control the different kinds of behaviour in the classroom. Never ignore a mistake or misbehaviour because this can be as an opening by your students. Don?t be inconsistent; don?t be biased to any student. Teachers must be fair in treatment and punishment. students are very sensitive to unfairness. Never try to punish any student physically. This is not in the ethics of teaching. If you really want the children to learn from their mistakes, give them warning; teach them to say sorry. Make them realize that they can learn from their mistakes. Finally, tell your students how they are progressing. It is always a necessary part of the learning process to give feedbacks on students? performances. Feedbacks, however, have to be constructive to encourage them to work better.