So you want to be a TEACHER? - University of Illinois Extension

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So you want to be a
TEACHER
WHAT IS A TEEN TEACHER?
Teens from Illinois will
develop their own
leadership and teaching
skills as they plan and
implement hands-on
summer and after-school
programs for youth in
their communities.
REFLECTION
ACTIVITY:
WHAT DOES A
GOOD LEADER
LOOK LIKE???
Talk with your peers for a few seconds
WHAT DOES GOOD TEACHING
LOOK LIKE??? • Self-Confident
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Engaging
Organized
Communicates well
Passionate
Reliable
FRIENDLY!
FUN
WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES
OF AN EFFECTIVE LEADER
Talk with your peers for a few seconds
WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES
OF A GOOD LEADER
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Honesty
Sense of Humor
Committed
Creative
Positive Attitude
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Respectful
Good listener
Gives Clear direction
Courage
Personable
Teens As Teachers
PRESENTATION SKILLS
As a TEEN TEACHER
You have to TALK
If you can express your
thoughts and interests clearly
and logically to others, they
will listen to you and even
want to know more about
what you are teaching.
A major part of your SUCCESS as
Teens as Teachers depends on your
ABILITY TO SPEAK
PUBLIC SPEAKING STEPS
• Develop your Self Confidence
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Don’t be fearful
Kids can sense fear and when and if they do they go
to devour!
• Research
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Know as much as you can about your lesson
It’s ok not to know everything; you are learning as
well
• Present your Lesson
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Don’t fidget with clothing
Stand straight
Don’t rock back and forth
Look directly at your students
Talk loudly and don’t rush through your speech
GESTURES & VOICE STEPS
• A Good Speaking Voice:
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Is natural
Is strong, even when not loud
Is easily heard
Does not sound emotionless
Tone is pleasant and friendly
• Good Gestures:
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The most expression should be with the hands
and arms to illustrate your words
Size, weight, shape, direction, location: All of
these call for hand gestures such as shaping of
the hands or pointing “HE WENT THAT WAY”
WORD CHOICE STEPS
• Eliminate these Words:
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Like
Ummm
Ahh
You know what I’m saying
• Instead, Try these Words:
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Basically
Actually
Literally
I think that
You know
What I’m trying to say is
I KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE HARD AT FIRST
BUT PRACTICE
MAKES PERFECT
Teens As Teachers
THINK BACK
Think about your favorite teacher,
mentor, leader, etc... Why were they your
favorite teacher? Write down some qualities
they had, and what you hope to take from what
they taught you to this teaching experience.
Teens As Teachers
APPEARANCE MATTERS
Promote You and
Your Team in a
Positive Manner
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
Jeans With Holes
NOT ACCEPTABLE
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
Belly Shirts
NOT ACCEPTABLE
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
Shirt with Jeans
YES!
MAKE THEM WANT TO KEEP YOU AROUND!
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
Khakis and Polo
YES!
ALWAYS LOOK PRESENTABLE
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
NO inappropriate shirt slogans
NOT APPROPRIATE!
LEAVE NEGATIVITY AT HOME!
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
Flip Flops?
DON’T THINK SO
SAFETY FIRST!
First Impressions are Lasting Impressions
Flat and Tennis Shoes
WHOO-HOO!!!!
BE COMFORTABLE WHILE TEACHING
REMEMBER
who you represent
University of Illinois
Extension
4-H
Family
Peers
SHOW THEM THAT 4-H IS
MAKING THE BEST BETTER!
Teens As Teachers
SELF-REFLECTION
What are some things you
need to work on to teach?
What are some things you
have under control?
ALL IN ALL BE YOU AND HAVE FUN
Make a lasting and memorable impression
on a student’s life!

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