A good teacher has the power to change person's life for better. Thier impact can last a life time. Learn about the top qualities of a brilliant educator.
Teachers play essential part in people’s lives. They are often times underestimated and unappreciated. Still, they can make a difference between success and failure of their students. So, what are the qualities of a good teacher and how should they be measured?
10 qualities of a good teacher:
- Love for the students
Who is a good teacher? Maybe it’s the one, who loves their subject or has passion about teaching? Those things are great, but they are not essential. The main quality of such a person is their love for students. Educators have to be the “people” people. It means they should love people, be fascinated with people and engaged with them. Having great social skills is not enough.
The scientists have figured out that students (especially kids) can feel and recognize if a teacher likes or loves them. They can learn from those having positive attitude towards them, but they shut up and quit learning in a negative environment. So, the main asset of a good trainer is not their classroom or technical gadgets, or degrees, but it’s the hearts open to their apprentices.
The next characteristic of a good teacher is their personality. Have you ever heard kids say: “I hate the subject, but I love the teacher? That is why I learn it and get good grades. I do not wish to disappoint my coach.” Sparkling and well-developed personality stimulates the same qualities in students and vice versa, a boring and unhappy instructor makes their students unhappy.
Teaching can become kind of monotonous, if you go over and over the same things in your curriculum.
Creativity allows a teacher to find new interesting aspects in what they teach and it allows them to stay interested in the subject.
There is no perfect teaching approach good for all children or adults, no one cure for all. A good teacher has to be able to change approach and find new ones to use with different students. They should be willing to alter plans and find creative ways to attain their goals.
- Goal setting
Some teachers believe their goal is to teach their students and pass on the information they possess. This is a good tutor mentality, although great teachers know that their goal is to spark up their students and make them want to learn on their own. When kids get interested in something, they find ways to get information. Great educators teach others how to learn on their own and inspire them to make new discoveries and ways suitable for them.
A good teacher should be smart and funny. Sense of humor is one of the must-haves in this profession. It is the ability to see positive and good things in all situations. It works like magic when teaching.
The students have value on their own and their opinions can add up value to the class. Teachers should not view themselves as the ultimate knowledge source. They can learn from their pupils. Good trainers know that sometimes students give them most valuable lessons in life. Respecting their opinions is crucial for great education.
- Aspiring and expectant
If you expect nothing good froms people, they would not disappoint you. Instead great educators set high aspirations and expect much from their pupils. This stimulates them to be more and to do more.
Classroom management is a serious thing to do. Tutors need to know how to plan time and other things to succeed and set example for the pupils both in their personal and professional life.
- Team building
Class is a small community. Students spend hours together. If a teacher is able to build up that community, s/he can resolve or prevent conflicts and create better educational environment. Mostly tutors set the atmosphere in the class.
Now we know some of the characteristics of the best professionals in education. How about getting some names and stories of real people?
Recently Varkey Foundation has established a new prize. It is called the Global Teacher Prize. They want it to become something like the Nobel Prize, but for the teachers. This way both teachers and students can aspire to become the best of the best and win it.
What are the qualities of a good teacher? – 5 best teachers in the world
- Ms Atwell
She was the first one to win this prize and she got the award of 1 million dollars for the first place. This lady runs a private school in Maine and educates other educators.
Her school is “experimental”. It has no standard classes, tables and seats. Kids can pick their activities and use any tools or materials they want for their learning. They do not pass tests, as teachers evaluate their results differently. She welcomes other teachers from all over USA and introduces new techniques and methods to them.
He was born a LOOONG time ago – 384 B.C. Still he believed that adults have to not only give kids life, but provide them with the art of living.
He was one of the great educators of his epoch and his legacy is used in many educational systems till this day.
- Maria Montessori
She lived in Italy and was born in 1907. She taught mentally retired and uneducated children and attainted amazing results.
She created a new approach to teaching and the environment used in it. Presently, there are thousands of Montessori schools all over the world as well as in Nigeria.
- Clive Staples Lewis
You may have red his books about Narnia or watched the movies. He has written many other great books, too.
He was a teacher, a professor at Oxford and he has left an amazing legacy for us to share.
- Johanna Sullivan
She had poor sight, but she managed to teach other people with great skill and awesome results.
Online you may find a biographic movie about her life. Indeed it wa fascinating.
Top effects of a good teacher:
- Change a life
Touching a child’s life has the power of transforming it. Great teacher can plant the seeds of aspiration, noble goals and dreams in the hearts of the students.
- Become a role model
Children need great role models. They spend hours with their tutors, who can set the bar and show the way to greatness or… misery.
- Give life lessons
Math or grammar are excellent, but they are nothing compared to the real life lessons. A trainer who shares their joy or pain with the pupils gives them a treasure and ability to cope with life.
Learning can become a delight, if you have a good teacher. Educators are capable of building happy communities and enjoyable process of education and learning.
- Becoming a hero
A hero is not necessarily someone, who saves you from fire or wild beasts. At times we need to be rescued from loneliness and misery.
Sharing such experiences and helping kids to go through them can be tough and it makes a teacher their friend and hero.
- Building up the future
Education can make or break someone’s life. It can determine the path for the future. If a child learns and loves to learn, they have higher chances of doing much good in life and becoming somebody. Teacher can open up that door to a great future for their students.
Hopefully, this would motivate you to become a better teacher or to find one and build up your life as a student. Once you do, appreciate them and show them respect for the good work they do for others.