Take a moment to review the Aspects of Good Teaching. Then, think of how you would help less experienced teachers implement them in their classrooms. What kinds of activities would you suggest? Which one of these aspects would be most challenging to implement by teachers in your country or region? Why? What can be done to change this?
One of the biggest issues that I see when I observe other teachers is that their primary focus is on their own needs, rather than the needs of their students. These teachers enter the classroom with defined ideas that come from their own education or experience and refuse to consider that their students should be the focus. One colleague of mine teaches simply so he can write; he makes students read his work, makes students spit out his ideas and refuses to engage in any conversation that moves off his path. Students vehemently complain about him and he has some of the worst ratings on the infamous Rate My Professor site. Although he does "show, versus tell" by using his own published work, he does not acknowledge that there are numerous authors that students should read in order to become educated. The classroom has become his kingdom where all who enter are simply serfs.
In order to implement aspects of good teaching, a new teacher must empty their mind of all of their bias, prejudice and sense of grandeur; they must recognize that we, as a community in this world, learn best when we are open to the opinion and teachings of others, when we ask questions and probe. Spend the first week learning about your students by asking them who they are? where they have been? where they want to be? Ask them what they see when they look in the mirror and share with them what you see when you look in your own mirror. Don't obsess about the test or the state standards until you have a sense of the ability and interests of your students. If you have a student who learns visually, have some lesson plans that use multimedia, music, video games. If you have a student who learns orally, have verbal games and readings. If you have a student who is shy, don't force class presentations. Sometimes you need to stand back and allow your students to have a measure of control. Last year I had a developmental English class that was totally out of control; they simply refuse to follow the lesson plans I had created. By the third class, I decided to change everything and walked in with the attitude that I was going to go hog wild. I started to play acting games with them, forcing them to write and perform small scenes. I brought in reality television shows like Jersey Shore (I teach in New Jersey) and made them break down the characters and dialogue. We played board games where they had to create sentences out of words I gave them and then prove to the class that the sentences worked. By the end of the semester, they begged me not to end class and when they took the final mastery exit exam they all passed with flying colors. Sometimes we need to recognize that all our education does not necessarily make us teachers but rather it is our ability to go with the flow, to allow our students to have a voice and to recognize that we don't always know everything.