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Educators credibility as one of the most critical factors that influences students’ achievement.

Educators  who master the power of credibility can make a significant difference to their students’ progress

According to Hattie’s study, educators credibility is vital because students are highly perceptive about knowing which educatorss can make a difference to their learning.

Instilling confidence through credible teaching will give the students reassurance and confidence to invest in the lesson’s content.

Tools, technology and resources are nothing without credibility which lays the foundations for every successful lesson.

Educators who convey a credible ethos will gain the trust and respect of their students, and students who engage with teaching are much more likely to succeed.

Educators need to show that they trust their pupils and genuinely care about their personal and academic development.

Educators who show fairness and treat everyone in the same way will gain respect and trust from their pupils.

Students need confidence in the educators’s ability to deliver compelling and engaging information.

Educators who are organised and structured when presenting a subject and answering questions will gain credibility.

Educators need to present material with energy and enthusiasm to engage their students. Normally  pupils can see that their educators has genuine passion for a subject, they will feel more excited and engaged.

Immediacy is the other key dimension of credible teaching.  Educators who  can break down barriers between themselves and their pupils will help and make them  to feel part of a collective group and will promote the idea that the educators is on their side and committed to helping them learn.

Robust lesson planning and research will put you in control of your subject and convey confidence, which in turn will help your students to relax in the knowledge that you will deliver strong material. Thusa thorough preparation must be done.

Providing student with authoritative and trusted sources to back up your information will make them more confident in our teaching.

Deliver material in an upbeat, engaging manner and  genuinely excited about the information you are conveying will make your students excited  too.

Be sincere and use personal experiences where appropriate; this will help to bring your students closer to the subject.

Be creative by sharing case studies or stories to bring subjects to life.

Challenge students to be critical of the information delivered and take an open and honest look at the strengths and weaknesses of the material.

Show that you are relaxed and comfortable delivering information through eye contact and body language. If your students feel at ease then they are ready to learn.

Credibility comes with experience, confidence and learning from mistakes.

Understanding the elements of credibility provides you with opportunities to boost your perceived credibility and your success.

 Study the habits and behaviors of those who are well-liked in your workplace.  Adopt or adapt those that you can authentically incorporate into your own behavior.

Review the elements and action steps in this article, and choose one action to work on at a time.

With time and consistency, you can boost your credibility at work and in your community.  You need to know the definition of credibility and you need to care!

Azizi Ahmad New Straits Times Opinion You Write December 15, 2016 @ 11.03AM

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