Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. – Henry Brooks Adams. Teaching is one of the noblest professions in the world. To be a good, effective teacher is a big responsibility as you are the potter accountable to mold little children’s lives. One of the prominent reasons people choose teaching as a profession is that you get to interact with young minds and inspire them to carve the future. You never know which student from your class may turn out to be the next Prime Minister or the next Noble Laureate.
Becoming a teacher has been considered one of the most challenging yet satisfying professions. In a corporate world, the employees have to spend a lot of time surrounded by actual machines or the people who have turned into machines (due to their stressful lives).
The amount of stress is extremely high. Whereas, though the stress level is high for teachers, interacting with the students is a type of stress reliever. In the long run, in the corporate world, your clients may forget you.
Sometimes, maybe even your employers may forget you. But a student always remembers those teachers who have motivated them.
Teaching is one such profession where you can stay young mentally because of the people you will be surrounded with.
What Makes A Good Teacher?
To be a good teacher can take lots of patience and years of experience. Turns out, we are all teachers in one way or another.
- A parent acts as a teacher to their kids.
- Friends teach several things.
- And life in itself is a great teacher.
So when you ask what makes a good teacher, it all boils down to these core things:
- being able to care truly, showing enthusiasm for the class,
- the ability to plan things and act on them on time,
- being an excellent communicator, and listening to students’ problems
Why Become A Good Teacher?
Each child that enters your class has a different, curious, unique, and creative mind. This mind is just looking for a way to be put to the right use. Teaching is the one profession that creates all other jobs.
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. – William Butler Yeats
Hence, each teacher, no matter how young or old, must work towards achieving excellence. We need to become excellent teachers who can act as good examples.
To be a teacher anywhere globally, the two most essential things are required: Qualifications and Aptitude.
Essential Professional Characters To Become a Teacher
Your qualifications can vary as per your subject. Some schools focus on hiring teachers who have high requirements to make sure their school provides the best.
On the other hand, other schools look for abilities or skills. If a teacher loves to teach and has a love for her subject, she will connect and communicate with the students in a better way and foster their growth and development.
However, a teacher with all the qualifications in the world, but no aptitude for teaching, can never be a good teacher. For such teachers, their work will be another type of a burden for them.
No matter how expert a person is, if they can’t covey their thoughts and knowledge to others in a way that is not only understandable but engaging, the knowledge itself is useless.
What Are The Qualities To Help You Become a Good Teacher?
I have been teaching students for quite a long time now. As a teacher, I have come across various learning situations that have helped me become better in my career as a teacher. Here are some simple ways to become a better teacher.
1. Good Teachers Embrace Lifelong Learning
A teacher should be a learner first. Never stop learning. The world is changing, and new trends are emerging in the market regularly. What was popular yesterday may become obsolete tomorrow?
If you stick to your limited knowledge, you won’t deliver and engage the students in the class. Hence keep yourself updated.
- Pick up simple online courses.
- Attend skill-based courses.
- Enroll for another additional degree.
Lifelong learning can help you thrive and immensely help you in becoming a better teacher.
2. Learn To Use technology In Your Classroom
Technology is one of the most common and most important thing these days. Technology plays a crucial role in teachers’ life.
Use various videos, ppts, online games, activities, etc. in your teaching-learning process. The internet is filled with various useful and interesting things that can make your class better.
3. Good Teachers Communicate Effectively
Communication is the key to being a good teacher.
Students in the classroom must understand both your teaching lessons and the values that you share with them clearly. And to do so, teachers have to communicate well in a simple and effective way to the class.
4. A Great Teacher Listens Well
A teacher needs to have a listening ear. Listen to what the child says. Observe child behavior. Counsel them if required. Speak to them. Motivate them.
5. Pay Attention To Student’s Problems
These days students face many problems.
As a good, caring teacher, you can step into their shoes and study what are the challenges of students and how it can impact their curriculum.
6. Don’t Overload Students With Homework
Overloading students with homework can make them lose interest in the subject. For this reason, teachers must be careful in assigning homework to their class.
Instead of homework, look for other fun ways to help your students learn the concepts and remember them.
7. Teaches Students Life Skills
Unfortunately, schools overlook the value of life skills.
Life skills are even more important than academic skills, and teachers must start sharing topics about life skills with their students.
Examples of life skills are:
- Negotiation skills
- Interview skills
- Social and interpersonal skills
- Public speaking, etc
8. Address The Problems’ In Your School
No school is perfect!
There can be several problems in schools. Addressing these problems can help you become an outstanding teacher, not only to your class but to the entire school.
And while doing so, you can become more qualified for your next teaching career.
9. Have a Plan
Planning is key to proper time management. Every great teacher enters the class with a defined plan in mind. The teacher, well in advance, prepares this plan.
Teachers need to develop a daily plan on:
- what they will be teaching,
- how they will deliver the content,
- what will be the classwork and homework,
- what activities can be done, etc.
Another set of plans that a teacher must prepare is a personal plan. This individual plan involves the mini-goals that the teachers set for themselves. This process will help you manage your time better.
10. Build Better Parent-Teacher Relationships
The teaching field has its own ups and downs that a teacher has to prepare for. Don’t just be excited and enthusiastic about all the perks of teaching. It would help if you also were ready for the storm.
One of the most significant issues faced by teachers is arrogant parents. Maintaining a good parent-teacher relationship can help you a long way.
Some parents tend to blame the child’s low grades, behavior, etc. on the teachers.
Parent-teachers meeting can quickly become a battleground if not handled properly.
Hence, teachers need to learn to manage grievances of parents, co-teachers, management, etc.
11. Help Parents To Handle A Bad Report Card
Parents always want the best for their kids.
Sometimes this attitude can do more harm than good, especially when the kids get bad grades.
As a good teacher who has good parent-teacher relations, you can help the parents understand their kid’s challenges and thereby let them handle a bad report card better.
12. Care For Your Students
Teaching is not just limited to academic development. It also focuses on the emotional development of the child. These days we have many children in the class who come from broken families or have faced some unfortunate incident. Such children may act differently in class.
Some may be noisy; some may be quiet. If you go around punishing students unnecessarily, it will be of no use.
Teachers need to be caring. Most of the time, the student requires little attention and affection that they may not be receiving at home. Students always welcome a caring teacher.
13. Help Students Overcome Homesickness
Students staying away from home can suffer from homesickness leading to several problems in their school or college lives.
A good teacher has the ability to identify students’ facing such problems and helps them overcome homesickness.
14. Inspire Your Students
Teachers are like second parents to the child.
Your students look up to you as an inspiration. What you say and what you do has a lasting effect on the minds of these children. You may never know which child has been inspired by your deeds or actions or words.
15. Be Enthusiastic
Always be enthusiastic about what you teach. Your enthusiasm should reflect on the way you teach a lesson.
For example, if you are an English language teacher teaching a Jungle Book lesson, don’t just read it. Instead, narrate the story with emotion, let students enact the play.
Add life to it.
Dance, sing, act, mimic, humor, modulate your voice to bring the class to life. Students always love to learn from teachers who are enthusiastic about the content.
16. Use Students’ Strengths
If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. – Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada
A good teacher always prepares her content based on the students’ strengths. Each child has a different learning style. Use this while teaching or preparing a lesson.
17. Think Outside The Box
Creativity is the key! If you have been using the same content and activities going on for ages, you can never excel in a teaching career.
To be an excellent teacher, you need to think outside the box.
Find ways to make your class interesting while maintaining the focus and attention of the students.
18. Have a Welcoming Approach
Always have a welcoming attitude. If students want to ask doubts or have specific questions, always encourage them and help them. If you don’t know the answer, tell them that you will get back to them as soon as possible. Never shout at a child if they ask doubts.
19. Be A Mentor
While looking for the qualities of a good teacher, being a mentor cannot be missed.
The role of a mentor includes the following:
- shares positive criticism
- challenges the students
- to help them grow
20. Instill Values & Ethics
Lastly, but most importantly, a good teacher always instills values among children through her lessons.
Use your natural experiences to teach and instill morals in the child. Help the child understand the importance of the people around them, respect different opinions and nature, and be beautiful human beings.
Everyone can be a better teacher through simple little ways. Never give up on yourself or your students. If at times you feel lost or like a failure, talk to someone. Take care of your health, and don’t strain your voice. Remember, becoming a better teacher doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. So don’t stress yourself out.
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