What makes a good teacher?
We keep hearing about the need to introduce technology in the classroom, but technology is just a tool. Great students are made by great teachers, regardless of the tools they use. What are some of the characteristics and personality traits of a great teacher?
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As a teacher myself I'd summarize only some of the top qualities teachers should have. They're not self sufficient to become a good teacher, but lack of them would be a major issue.
- great empathy for students: learning is a social process and the relationship between teachers and students is key to success. We, as adults, see things differently from the students' point of view. Communicating effectively is a must to establish a learning bridge
- great passion for personal and institutional professional development: the world's changing so fast we must keep up with the changes it is bringing to students and their families. The students I have in September will be different in June !
- great organizational skills and adaptive mindset: children rapidly shift their focus from time to tome so keeping an eye on the learning goals and on the students is essential: where are we and where are we aiming at ?
- a sound neuro-scientific knowledge: because we think with grey matter and it is really important to know how it works (or how it might work better)
- finally: if to raise a child you need a village, to raise a teacher you need a school. Often teachers feel alone in their endeavors in classrooms, disconnected from peers and making their way on their own. Connection is key to personal and professional empowerment.
A good leader and teacher to students. Creates good human beings for a society.
Understanding what tools, technologies and teaching methods can ignite a child's passion for learning and using them to the fullest.
One thing that is very important to me is creativity; and to be able to adapt material to a child's learning needs and their interests. This will spark the interest of a child/children, which will ultimately help them in learning
The ability to motivate pupils would be something I'd pick up on.
Whether it's through creative teaching practices, being a leader, empathising or whatever. Getting pupils to actually do 'learning' is basically what teaching is all about.