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👉🏻 (1) Do you hate it when people talk down to you as if you're a complete idiot? 

Yeah? Teens hate it too! Many teachers do the following: try to be energetic (correct!), enthusiastic (correct!), conduct a varied differentiated lesson (questionable many do it but if yes, correct!), perform activities and talk to students like little kids (VERY WRONG!). Teens always assume they are older than they really are and you should communicate and deliver your lesson that way. Treat them as your equal.

👉🏻 (2) "Oh they're so young, they're just kids! So fragile!" No, they're tough little things! Kids like challenges and to be pushed beyond their limits to give them a huge sense of achievement. Many teachers tread on egg shells resulting in lessons not being very dynamic with material being fun but maybe too simplistic. Kids will thank you for such a lesson. If you provide complicated tasks (though achievable) with positive results, your students will LOVE you for the lesson. It's a known fact that student satisfaction is higher having achieved tougher tasks. 

👉🏻 (3) "Build a rapport! You need to build a rapport! Get to know your teens!" Yeah yeah yeah, we know that. We get told that all the time. Nobody really shows how, mind you! A typical initial task of the first lesson of the academic year is students interviewing each other for personal info to feed back to the class. With that info, YOU as the teacher should pose questions to your students EVERY lesson as they enter the classroom. Be there before they are. As they come, talk to them and show your teens you can learn from them by discussing their hobbies for example. If Uliana likes horse riding, then ask questions about it. If Daniel likes playing with Lego, ask him to build a Lego model and show you pics. If Dasha complains about annoying friends, tell her about your annoying friends during your spotty teeny days. 

👉🏻 (4) Dear teachers, be honest, seriously.... be honest.... when was the last time you read a grammar reference or vocab book cover to cover? So many teachers are trying to find the magic miracle pill these days by attending seminars and conferences. Which is useful by the way. But Remember, methodology is your tool. English is your product! Without your product, your tools are pretty much useless. According to a huge TES survey among thousands of teenagers, the top three traits teens expected a teacher to posses were a) Enthusiasm b) Subject knowledge c) Fairness. You need to show your teens (all students) that you know your stuff! We keep talking about teachers needing to constantly develop "Self-development" but that includes the English language, too. Study the odd unit on a daily basis! 10 minutes is all you need.

👉🏻 (5) How many of you have attended seminars on Classroom and/or Behaviour Management? I am sure most of you have. You can find a plethora of information in literature as well as articles online that advise teachers how to behave, present themselves, set up the classroom etc. Yeah, if you're relatively new to the job, welcome by the way, this stuff is always good to know. But guess what, ready? I can help you save THOUSANDS of rubles on going to superfluous training courses. Ready? Sort yourself out. Grow up. Mature. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Introverted? Guess what? You can change that. By being a confident and charismatic teacher (which can be learned by the way. Anyone who doesn't think so can continue living in their little hole. Your problem not mine) then teens will be drawn to you automatically. You can just walk into a room and with your confident non-verbal communication, you have within 2 seconds your teens in the palm of your hand. If you have any (serious) complexes, your teens will unconsciously pick those up and than is when disruption happens.
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