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Transcript of good teacher
Many people would happily switch profession with a teacher. Contrary to the popular belief, that teaching is a stress-free vocation, teaching actually can be quite demanding at times. A teacher has to don the mantle of a lucid communicator, a fair evaluator, an adept manager, a strict disciplinarian, a healing therapist and a skillful team leader. Moreover, at times, a teacher also plays the role of a surrogate parent. Thus, a teacher should possess certain requisite qualities expected of him. This will help him elicit the best from his students and enjoy a rewarding career too. In the following lines, we have mentioned a few characteristics that make good teachers.
Characteristics of a Good Teacher
One of the most important attributes of a good teacher is to be a good communicator. He should be comfortable explaining things and enjoy doing the same.
At times, a teacher might feel like yelling or shouting at students, but a good teacher is one who knows how to keep the temper in check and act calmly in such situations.
A good sense of humor is another great tool that helps a teacher to simplify his task. Wit and humor, when applied in the proper manner, can form an important part of a successful teaching program.
A good teacher must have good time management skills and always value the importance of time. In fact, wise utilization of time is the hallmark of a good teacher.
A teacher should always adopt a fair attitude, when it comes to making any form of evaluations. He should be fair to his profession and assess students on their performance, instead of personal rapports and likings.
A good teacher should have the necessary command over the subject matter he teaches. This way, he can be comfortable while explaining things. Besides, he will be equipped with answers of any possible questions that might crop up during the lecture sessions.
A teacher should be dedicated towards his work. He should not kill his time in the classroom and wait for the school bell to ring. Instead, taking out time and engaging in after-school meetings and activities is what suits him. (this involves the family and it is really difficult at times)
A good teacher should be meticulous and have an eye for detail. In fact, a disorganized person would find the vocation unsuitable and unfulfilling. Well thought-out plans and programs for teaching will assist the productivity of a teacher.
A good teacher should be a good leader and a good friend. He should also be a disciplinarian and the students must look up to him. However, this should not stop him from acting like an ally under certain situations.
good knowledge of subject area - how is this demonstrated?
• constantly learning - evidence is that curriculum changes year by year based on the students' needs & teacher's on-going development
• energy - again, how is this demonstrated?
• collaboration with other teachers & school mission
• knowledge of child development - how is this shown?
• respectful of children & parents while still authoritative
• balance between direct teaching and "personal-global-creative" approach
• wants to teach; sees teaching as a lifestyle, not a job - how can you tell if a given teacher has this view?
• caring - "if you don't care about what happens to those kids once they leave, it's going to show" - how will it show? what do you actually see that tells you, this teacher cares?
• passion - again, what are the visible signs of a passionate teacher?
• effort to differentiate the curriculum to challenge every student
• seeks outside resources & integrates them into the curriculum
• high standards for self and students.
• students are engaged
• gets students excited about learning
• eyes light up when teaching (and the teacher can kindle this passion even when tired/burned out)
• voice is not shrill or mumbling
• students name them as one of the best teachers
in the same tone others think that a good teacher has to:
-keep a healthy body and soul
-take care of your voice: it is one of your most important tools.
-be as happy as you can
-respect your colleagues and
make their life and work easy
-handle conflicts in a positive way
-show your best manners
-keep a friendly atmosphere
-keep your knowledge up-to-date
-treat your students fairly
-build up a good relationship among your colleagues and students.
-show your respect to your students
-make yourself respected
Shouting doesn't show good education
communication for teachers
Introduction: What is communication?
Important points to be a good communicator in the classroom…
Real life situation: Group activity: Discuss your communication problems and how you try to overcome them?
Communication is a conscious / deliberate process.
Communication is an unconscious process and it goes on at every moment of time!
We communicate primarily through ‘words’ only.
We communicate through ‘verbal’ as well as ‘non-verbal signs.
Words mean the same to everyone.
Meaning of the words lies more in perception of reality.
Communication is a one-sided process and it is controlled by communicator.
Communication is a two-way process and it always happens, controlled by none.
Message sent and message received are the same.
Transmission and reception of message can never be identical.
1. You love your role, you love being with your students and you couldn't imagine doing anything else.
2. You have a great deal of patience and know that little steps in learning go a long way.
3. You know your students well and they are comfortable and at ease with you, they enjoy having you as their teacher and look forward to going to school each day.
4. You provide a non-threatening, welcoming environment that nurtures each of the students you work with.
5. You understand your students, you know what motivates them and you know how to scaffold activities to ensure that maximum learning occurs.
6. You take each student from where they are and provide experiences that will maximize success. You're always discovering new things about your students.
7. You are very comfortable working with exceptional learners and learners with diverse needs.
8. You thrive on challenge, can easily build relationships with your students.
9. You are a life-long learner and committed to the profession.
10. You have a never ending willingness to ensure that all students reach their maximum potential. You constantly strive to 'reach and teach' every student under your care.
Qualities of a Good Teacher
Here's a list of qualities listed by parents, headmasters, teachers and students.
are good at explaining things.
keep their cool
have a sense of humor
like people, especially students in the age range in which they intend to teach
are inherently fair-minded
have "common sense."
have a command of the content they teach.
set high expectations for their students and hold the students to those expectations
are detail oriented. organized.
are good managers of time.
can lead or follow, as the situation demands.
don't take things for granted.
have some "hard bark" on them.