to make sure students always (and joyfully) come beck to your classes, I think you should…
- be an interesting person (or at least make such an impression). You can share some of your real-life if you have something nice to share, or (better) make up a “classroom self” and share his/ her stories. Why not add or invent a couple of fascinating details or people to your real life? I used to think students don’t care what their teacher thinks or have gone through, but this proved to be completely wrong when I saw how Mark Powell, the author of InCompany, told about his life.
- know your students. then you will know what topics and materials will interest them. And they will appreciate that, no doubt.
- always come back to their questions and queries. Try to remember if you ever promised them something (to expand on the topic, to bring an article, to look up a word). Never forget. \
- make them feel good. this is what they’ll remember – how they felt at the lesson. if they felt they were finally able to speak – cool, you will definitely see them again.
- make your techniques, materials, approaches vary – so that your studnets wouldn’t feel they know everything that’s going to happen at a lesson and don’t really need to attend, as they won’t miss anything surprising
- establish routines. Yes, you shouldn’t make all the classes follow the same route, but routines (e.g. every Thursday we watch&discuss videos, write tests, share pictures) are good, they let your students feel confident – as they know what to expect.
- be up-to-date with all the latest news and trends – be it what to wear, world news or where to travel, so that you can be interesting to talk to. Then your students will turn to you not only as a teacher, but also a source of information.
- appeal to different learning styles – so that everyone would find that works for you at your class.
What would you add to this list?