''I want to be a teacher” was a very common answer when asked about our future plan during our school days. While many of us gave the answer as we found it easy to express, but some pupils really meant it. But many of them do not know what actually makes a good teacher. Though there are some teachers who clearly have more impact on students than others, many of the teachers even do not know what does make them different from others? Part of the answer lies in the teaching strategies that they use; however, another part of the answer lies in the teachers themselves. Simply forcing all teachers in school to adopt certain teaching strategies will not change the fact. For those who want to be a good teacher here are some handy tips:
Passion: It is widely believed that that the best teachers are passionate people. They love what they teach, they love being a teacher, and they love the challenge of helping each of their students learn. Their passion is contagious, and they infect their students with a love of learning. Passion is what drives us to put so much energy into our teaching. It stops them from giving up when things get hard. Passion also motivates them to learn ways to improve their craft.High expectations: Good teachers expect all of their students to work hard and to learn. Their belief in their students leads these teachers to challenge their high achievers, in the same way it leads them to challenge students who struggle. They acknowledge that their students are at different stages and have varying levels of ability. However, they believe that all of their students can learn, that all of their students should achieve real progress every year and that all of their students should achieve basic levels of competence. Research also suggests this habitual challenging of students is the single largest factor separating great teachers from the rest of the pack.
Knowledge: Great teachers are masters of their subject matter. They exhibit expertise in the subjects they are teaching and spend time continuing to gain new knowledge in their field. They present material in an enthusiastic manner and instill a hunger in their students to learn more on their own. All teachers need to know the most effective ways of teaching it. Great teachers help students move from surface knowledge to deeper levels of understanding.
Organize: We all know that effective teaching involves a great deal of planning and organization, and the great teachers are always found to be prepared and organized. They attend their class in time and are always ready to teach. So the good teachers put in the effort to prepare their lessons thoroughly. Lesson planning helps manage student expectations so that they know exactly what their obligations are. They also present lessons in a clear and structured way.
Conscientiousness: Teaching is not always fun or easy, and it certainly is not a ‘9 to 3’ job. While it is possible to focus your efforts on those things that matter most, there is no substitute for hard work. Conscientious people are responsible, determined and persistent. They work hard and go the extra mile in order to do the very best job that they can. Great teachers are driven to do well, and they understand the link between effort and success.
Engaging students: Great teachers engage students and get them to look at issues in a variety of ways. Effective teachers use facts as a starting point, not an end point; they ask “why” questions, look at all sides and encourage students to predict what will happen next. They ask questions frequently to make sure students are following him/her. They try to engage the whole class, and they do not allow a few students to dominate the class. They keep students motivated with varied, lively approaches.
Care: They genuinely care about them. Great teachers are warm, respectful and empathetic. You also need to care about them as students. Great teachers are not afraid of scolding their students with a view to mending their ways. You need to believe in your students’ ability and challenge them to excel while simultaneously supporting them to do so.
It is mentionable that most teachers show these characteristics to some extent. The best teachers show them to a great extent.