Knowing the Student Audience

Teaching in a classroom will bring you into contact with a wide variety of students. All of which will act different, and bring a different set of challenges you’ll have to face throughout your time with them. Knowing who your student audience is, and what they’re going through is one of the most important things a teacher can do. I feel like a lot of the times teachers don’t really care about meeting the students half way and understanding all the stuff they’re going through, and who they are. I think that extra bit of trying to learn more about them really shows the students you care, and it helps them learn. I’ve always done better in class where the teachers make an effort to be personable with students and understand them. Students go through so much outside of school that in return heavily affects how they preform in school. Students aged 13-18 are going through so much change in their lives, in such a short amount of time, and I think a lot of the times teachers forget that. It can affect so much for them, but I think that is just one part of knowing your student audience. Another huge part of knowing your audience is knowing how they learn. What they’ve done in other history classes and how they did. History classes are commonly taught in a lecture based format which doesn’t always work. Sometimes lectures are the way to go, but the whole lesson shouldn’t be a lecture. You should take what you know about your students, how they learn, and how they like to learn and use that. Lectures can be a great way to get information across, but teachers should make the point to know their audiences and mix in things to make it more enjoyable. If your class likes group work mix in more group work. History is something that should be interesting to learn about. Not something students feel like they have to do because its required, and knowing just a little bit about your student audience can push your classroom from feeling like they have to be there to something they enjoy.