There was a time in history, not so long ago, when teachers were sought-after for their knowledge. Today, students have Google for that. So, what is the purpose of a teacher these days? In my opinion, our goal is to get creative, engage our learners, and direct our student's intellectual growth.
Tip #1: Think creatively. I know, I know. Some of you are already saying, "But I'm not creative!" You probably more creative than you think. And, besides, other people's creative ideas are plastered everywhere on the internet. Find some blogs to follow. Make some boards in Pinterest. Google a topic or unit study and just watch all of the ingenious ways people are teaching these days.
Tip #2: Get engaged and excited before you engage your learner. If we, as teachers, do not get pumped about what we are about to teach, how can we expect our kiddos to think learning is awesome! If a subject matter bores you, think of the poor children. Use a variety of materials: textbooks, library books, audio books, video clips, online articles, or even a field trip when applicable.
Tip #3: Don't stop teaching and learning the required material just because you come to the end of a chapter. Extend the learning beyond the pages. Make a list of the new questions you and/or your child have and delve deeper. Teach your child that learning should never end, but instead, be the catalyst for our continued growth even as adults.