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Copy of Excellence in Teaching: The Qualities and Characteristics of Excellent Teachers

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John Toal

on 16 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Excellence in Teaching: The Qualities and Characteristics of Excellent Teachers

As Teachers we need to understand the keys of motivation, and the psychological needs of people.

Having a strong grasp of this knowledge allows one to better connect with one’s students and establish an environment conducive for learning and healthy development. Relatedness Need for relatedness:
refers to need to care for and be related to others. It includes the need to experience authentic relatedness from others and to experience satisfaction in participation and involvement with the social world. Autonomy-Supportive ClassroomBenefits: Autonomy-Supportive Classroom Benefits: “The quality of student-teacher relationships is the
keystone for all other aspects of classroom management”. "Research found that teachers who had high-quality relationships with their students had 31% fewer discipline problems”. “When a caring and trusting relationship develops between students and teachers a safe learning environment is created”. Key Characteristics of Excellent Teachers Passionate Establish Strong Interpersonal-Relationships Challenge Students to Reach Their Full Potential Passionate Know What to Teach, How to Teach and How to Improve Extraordinary Results Positive emotionality “Let the boy's honour be as precious to you as your own” “he (Edmund) felt confident with the blessings of God on himself and his helpers to be able to uplift those poor boys and raise them to the status of men ” Interpersonal Relationships Build Trust. The Key Element to Successful Relationships Attuned to Student’s Feelings and Needs Respectful, Courteous and Fair Compassionate and Caring Value Individuality Positively Encourage Students -Go Out of Their Way to Help Students
-Provide Guidance
-Help with Personal Problems
-Offer Support
-Provide Positive, Confidence-Building Feedback
-Do Unnecessary Things to be Nice
-Space the Workload so that Students
do not Feel Overwhelmed
-Check for Understanding Well liked teachers create a classroom environment that:
Promotes student interest and cooperation
Encourages them to adopt learning goals, as opposed to performance goals (i.e. report cards)
See the value of school to attaining personally valued future goals (and teachers know these goals)
Encourages them to persist when tasks become difficult
All of which improve student achievement. Competence Need for competence:
refers to the need to experience oneself
as capable and competent in controlling
the environment and being able to reliably
predict outcomes. Enhanced creativity Higher mastery motivation Active and deeper information processing Academic persistence Excellence in Teaching:
The Qualities and
Characteristics of Transformational Teachers Establish Strong Interpersonal-Relationships Create Exciting Classroom Environments Challenge Students to Reach Their Full Potential Passionate Know What to Teach, How to Teach, How to Improve "Fostering a single life is equivalent to fostering an entire world”

“Treat a man as he is, he will remain so. Treat a man the way he can be and ought to be, and he will become as he can be and should be” Finds the Root Causes for Lack of Success Instill Confidence Sees Potential That Others Miss Clear Expectations "If we teach today's students like we taught yesterdays, we rob our children of tomorrow" Gentle Discipline Empowerment Flexibility Attuned to Student's Feelings Strong Classroom Management Skills Classrooms are Well Organized and Provide Structure Rules and Procedures are Established Encourage and Support Risk Taking High Expectations - High Support Boundless Energy and Enthusiasm Self-Determination
Theory Is a theory of human motivation and personality, concerning peoples' inherent growth tendencies and their innate psychological needs. It is concerned with the motivation behind the choices that people make without any external influence and interference. SDT focuses on the degree to which an individual’s behaviour is self-motivated and self-determined
(Deci & Ryan, 2002). Autonomy Need for autonomy (or self-determination):
refers to the need to actively participate in
determining one's own behaviour. It includes the
need to experience one’s actions as result of
autonomous choice without external interference. Greater engagement Enhanced well-being Better academic performance Increased conceptual understanding Positive Encouragement
Intrinsic Motivation

Unconditional Love
Good Role Modeling
"Seeing the face of God (and the example of Blessed Edmund) in self and others" “Excellence in teaching as conceived by the
outstanding teachers is not merely scholarship
in an area of knowledge. There is that voluntary
reaching out of the teacher in a loving act of
giving oneself to the students, sharing generously
his passion for knowledge and really having a profound
and lasting influence on the lives of students.
The teacher’s sensitiveness to the individual needs of
students is a kind of attentiveness to them as persons
of worth. The learner’s absorption in learning leading
them to become learners for life occurs mainly
as the effect of the teacher’s modeling in a caring,
and inspiring execution of teaching tasks”.
(Praxedes de Larosa) Learning Students Teaching Their field of expertise 2 Create Exciting Classroom Environments Acceptance Build Trust Attuned to Feelings Self-Confidence Open minds and hearts Demanding and High Standards 1 Establish Strong Interpersonal-Relationships 3 Challenge Students to Reach Their Full Potential 4 Passionate and
Compassionate 5 6 Extraordinary Results "Know What to Teach, How to Teach, How I can Improve Self-Esteem Self-Regulation Self-Efficacy Provide Instructive Feedback Create Exciting Classroom Environments Engages Students in Active Learning
1. Experiential Learning
2. Asks Probing Questions
3. Encourages Discussions
4. Expects Students to Think Highly Motivating rewards for behaviour that is intrinsically
motivated undermined their (person's)
intrinsic motivation,
as they grow less interested in it.
Intrinsically motivated behaviour
becomes controlled by external rewards,
which undermines their autonomy. So ....... What are the keys to teachers' motivation? Personal growth Feel responsible to help all students Desire to share thrill of discovery Master the craft of teaching Motivated by student success Student's thoughts on caring teachers Encouragement and Tolerance and Active Listening “To learn and to teach, to observe, to do and fulfill” “The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.” Help students find direction, meaning and satisfaction. Influence attitudes and behaviors Are mentors and role models I F E L O N G D E V E L O P L E A R E R S Help Build People Change the way students approach and value education Will Work With Students and for Students Fairness Courtesy Compassion Caring "When teachers expect students to do well and show intellectual growth, they do; when teachers do not have such expectations, performance and growth are not so encouraged and may in fact be discouraged in a variety of ways." Excellent Teachers Teach: Creative, reflective and analytical thinking Values Responsible citizenship Problem Solving Skills Joy of learning Logic and reasoning They have extensive knowledge of teaching skills and learn from experiences Reflective pratices Open minded Thirst for knowledge Strong desire to improve Self-Knowledge St AMBROSE COLLEGE
19TH MARCH 2013
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