With World Teacher’s Day approaching next month on October 5th, we wanted to profile some amazing teachers from around the world: Tarik Manfaa fits that criteria!
Tarik Manfaa has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, but most notably, he’s gone above and beyond to educate himself as well as his students.
He has worked with the school district of Philadelphia, served as a member of the World Language Department and has coached junior boys soccer.
He’s a department chair French teacher and is also proficient in Spanish, Latin
He has taught Spanish and English in the past too.
That’s why we chose to interview Manfaa today for our special segment on teachers.
In today’s interview, we ask Tarik Manfaa his top five tips for teachers.
“The first rule is respect,” says
Many teachers treat students as if they’re inexperienced and don’t understand the world around them, but that’s not totally true.
“I learn a lot from my students,” says
“Treat your students as you would treat yourself.”
“Just like a client is
He says knowing your students also makes it easier to gear your education plan towards individuals.
“Some students are visual learners and you should know that,” says
“You want students to want to learn the subject because they know learning the subject will allow them to better their lives,” says
He says languages are a great example because students can use languages to communicate and make new friends.
Learning new languages also opens doors to business opportunities in the future.
“I’ve told my students that learning a foreign language or having some survival conversational skills in world language can help them with a job application. Anything from a McDonald’s application to a medical application,” says
“It puts you ahead of the others.”
“As a teacher, you need to make the expectations clear for your students so they can follow them and know what your lessons will be like. It’s also important to make sure your expectations are clear the parents or guardians.”
These skills are important to ensure the success for the student.
Manfaa’s last tip is: positive reinforcement.
“I try my best to use positive reinforcement to help students feel a sense of pride and continue striving for success,” says
“I don’t find punishments work.”
“A child should learn because they want to learn, not because they are scared,” says
A bonus tip Manfaa has is organization.
“Students are like sponges. They see everything and you’re a role model for them.”
“Students will see right through you.”
“Are you there to make a paycheck or are you there to make a difference in their lives?”