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On International Teachers’ Day, we will tell you how young teachers teach children and what inspires them.
There are many young and talented teachers working in the schools of the capital. They find a common language with children, follow technology, create their own scripts at the MES and take a creative approach to the lessons. For example, 26-year-old Alexander Ojo, a history teacher at school no. 854, might teach a lesson dressed as an ancient Greek. And 22-year-old Arina Popova, an elementary school teacher at school No. 1375, reads poetry to the kids while they listen to her with their eyes closed. On International Teachers’ Day, we will tell you how young teachers teach children and what inspires them.
The profession should help people
When Alexander Ojo was in school, he wanted to become a journalist, but he did not know history very well, only superficially memorizing dates and events.
“Once I went to a concert with my godfather. During his speech, performer Dmitry Ulyanich said that the profession should help people. I thought, and realized that I wanted to be a teacher, and began to choose a subject, and stopped at history, improved my knowledge of this subject, entered the Faculty of History and firmly decided to become a history teacher, ”says Alexander.
For Arina Popova, everything was different. From childhood, she saw the work of a teacher on the example of a mother, watched her prepare for lessons. Therefore, the girl entered the teacher training college. For three years now, Arina has been teaching elementary school students and at the same time receiving higher education at the Moscow State Pedagogical University.
“After college I started looking for a job, and my choice fell on school # 1375. I live nearby and have heard many good reviews about it. I called the school and got not on the secretary, but on the director – Natalya Borisovna. I still have goosebumps – at that moment I was driving past the school and Natalya Borisovna asked: “Where are you now? Will you have the opportunity to drive up today? ”, – recalls Arina.
At the interview, they said that nowadays it is not easy for young teachers to find a job – they are embarrassed by the lack of experience, age, and something else. The headmaster asked: “Are you sure of yourself?”
“I said that I am one hundred percent confident in myself, because children are like little stars. And in order to light them, you need to burn yourself. And the young teacher, filled with energy – he just left the teacher training college – can’t help but burn, ”says Arina.
History teaches you to think logically and make decisions
The modern teacher is not limited to standard teaching methods. For example, Alexander Ojo dresses up in historical costumes. He came to such an idea while still at the university: “Our teacher noted that it is difficult for children to study history because they cannot imagine what and how happened in this or that period. And I thought: why not visualize the story? Our lessons are mainly aimed at studying military or political history and, unfortunately, they say little about culture. But the traditional costume is an excellent historical source. “
The first such lesson was about Ancient Greece. The traditional dress of the ancient Greeks, the chiton, is easy to make. You just need to take a white sheet. The children’s reaction to the performance was bright – after that Alexander decided to continue and looked for more complex costumes in museums, taking them from friends for a while.
In the future, the teacher wants the students themselves to work on the costumes, so that they themselves change and show the character of the characters, talk about them, preparing according to historical documents and sources.
Alexander maintains a blog on Instagram – there are already 11.5 thousand subscribers. He also has a channel in TikTok with 6.2 thousand subscribers – he was asked to have fifth grade students.
In addition, the teacher arranges quizzes and analogs of “Your own game”, “What? Where? When? ”,“ Weak link ”. They also play historical lotto in class: the children have dates on the cards on a certain topic. The presenter names the event, and the rest must close the date to which it belongs.
“The essence of history as a school subject is not only about knowing the dates and the past. It allows children to better understand cause-and-effect relationships, teaches them to think logically and defend their position based on arguments and evidence. But the most important thing is that history allows, studying the past, to act correctly in the present, which will have a positive effect on the future. This is a multifaceted subject that helps to make decisions in life, ”says Alexander.
The lesson must be alive
Arina Popova is sure: lessons should not be boring – you cannot force elementary school students to read or look at the blackboard for 35 minutes.
“The lesson must be alive. We work in pairs, individually and in groups. It is important for children to be able to switch from one activity to another. And the main thing is not to lose the child himself. He must understand what is the focus of the lesson. Everyone should have the feeling that the teacher is communicating with him. You need to look not into a wall or a window, but to conduct visual dialogue, ”says the teacher.
Arina recalls her school years and notes that earlier children who were less successful were put in the gallery. It was believed that if a child does not listen to the teacher, then it is not worth wasting time on him.
“But no! I have such children sitting in front, and they have the impression that I am communicating with them. And after the lesson, they come out with a clear feeling that they have understood the material. When I see that the child turns off, looks out the window, admires the ceiling, it is important to switch attention. At such moments, I can ask: “Lenya, how are you doing, how is the weather for you?” And he quickly switches, because small children are sensitive and naive. They should see in you not only a teacher, but a mentor and a friend who is interested in them, ”notes Arina.
According to her, children can safely be given one or two minutes to sit with their eyes closed, resting their heads on the table. So the kids’ attention switches, and they understand that the teacher is taking care of them.
“Recently we passed Fyodor Tyutchev. And then I see one student literally fall asleep. And I transfer contact with him to an emotional level. I say: “Singing, are you probably tired? I see it. Let’s get some rest. All of you now put your head on the table, close your eyes, and I will read Tyutchev’s poem to you, and you will just listen to him. ” And at this moment, when I read, they have an associative array that helps them learn the poem, ”the teacher said.
But teaching toddlers doesn’t end with lessons. Her students participate in various Olympiads. For example, in “Museums. Parks. Farmsteads “or” And I Know Mathematics “, which was launched recently.
There are no teachers in our school who do not like their profession
Experience comes with time. Our heroes also had difficulties at the beginning of their careers. Alexander Ojo recalls that at first it was difficult to keep up with everything. Preparation for lessons often passed well after midnight.
“Everything was ready, but I was not in the best condition. But then I began to communicate with other young teachers, we began to exchange experience, began to study time management, exchanged methodological best practices. And these problems were solved. We prepare lessons together, we use the Moscow Electronic School, ”says the teacher.
Alexander adds that, together with his colleagues, he implements many projects. For example, recently an interdisciplinary lesson was made for MES – history, physics and English. Contests and Olympiads help a lot in the development of professional skills: “Moscow Teacher”, the “Young Teachers for Moscow Education” competition and others. Alexander’s dream is to participate in the school team in the Moscow Teachers of the Year competition.
Arina Popova came to school with some experience – practice during college, the role of an observer in extended day groups. Therefore, she quickly joined the educational process. However, she also had difficulties.
“It was difficult to establish contact with the parents. After all, when mom and dad are twice as old as you, it is quite difficult to gain authority in their eyes. Because they should see in front of them not just a girl who wants to be a teacher, but a Teacher with a capital letter, ”she says.
Over time, we managed to get rid of this fear. Colleagues also helped. The school has developed a mentoring movement, when more experienced teachers share their knowledge and secrets. The director also helps, you can always call him on any question.
“We have a very friendly team, and the inner atmosphere of our school is like a second home. And of course, this atmosphere is passed on to children. There are no teachers in our school who do not like their profession, ”concludes Arina.
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