Defining a “good” teacher is difficult. Every individual both student and teachers have their own unique tastes, styles, and characteristics.
What’s important is the ability to communicate with your students; understand where they are coming from both their backgrounds and feelings, and teach accordingly.
- Good teaching requires scholarship, personal integrity, and the ability to communicate.
- Scholarship is both the grasp of knowledge and habits of the mind. An effective teacher provokes both from his students, but particularly the latter, as habits of the mind endure and are used throughout their lifetimes. Scholarship is not apart of the class, but a way of life which is the ability to see and choose the right path of life.
- Integrity deals with the basic characteristics of a person e.g. honesty, principle and candor. All this can be the cultivated by a teacher. Teachers can shape a child’s character, behavior, and motivations.
- The ability to communicate is the foundation for good teaching. Teachers should be able to position themselves in the students perspective and be a compulsive listener.
Great teachers neither mock nor underestimate their students and they accept their view as well and try to explain the right. Addressing and greeting the students by their names would help by retaining attention and help them feel that their ideas are valued.
Asking about their problems and pacifiying them will help bring equity within and encourage the students express their views without fear. Such actions reflect show that teacher feels for their individuality, dignity, and one’s growth.
Questioning students thoroughly about the topic matter should be one aim. Questioning them in a way to mock or irritate is unwise.
Always expect more of the student than they expect them self- Bring them up.
Encourage and appreciate those who perform well, which can motivate to do more and reach new heights.
Never brand a students as bad. Every one can change through proper care and attention. Be a friend of the student rather than a figure to be feared.
These few things may help you become a better teacher. Please feel free to share your comments on how to become a better teacher.
Inspiration: University of Hawaii