5 Essential Qualities of a Good Teacher
It has often been said that teaching is a calling. Unfortunately, teaching as a profession has been overlooked and undermined, even by teachers! A considerable number of teachers are in it just for the paycheck, and because they attended teachers college, of course. However, no teacher deserves the title without several values and virtues.
So, what values and virtues define a good teacher? Here are five essential qualities of a good teacher.
- Qualification and Certification
Every teacher is required by law to be qualified and certified. This entails attending a teachers college. However, that is not all as every average teacher meets these requirements. To become a good teacher, one has to put a lot of effort into studying and performing well in school. It also helps to attend a reputable and leading teaching college as the quality of education and training also matters from school to school – teachers know this best.
- Planning and Execution
A good teacher should have a good plan for everything he/she does both in and out of the classroom. He/she has to know where to begin and end depending on the day’s lesson as well as the semester’s schedule. Failure to do so leads to many setbacks such as wasted time, lack of flow and continuity, and disconnection between the teacher and students.
In addition to making concrete plans, a good teacher should also be capable of executing these plans. This entails sticking to the plan in spite of any inconveniences and getting the students onboard.
- Leadership and Role Modeling
As a teacher, your students will look up to you for most academic-related activities as well as some non-academic activities. With this in mind, every good teacher should also exhibit and exercise good leadership qualities. He/she should emulate good morals that are recommended by the society and pass them on to his/her students. An authoritative stance is also needed to establish the ranks in class considering that some students are rebellious – that said, the teacher should also be loving and caring.
- Listening and Motivational
Most students spend more time with teachers than they do with other authoritative figures such as parents and guardians. They need someone to talk to, and teachers are among the top candidates on their lists. As such, teachers should be good listeners with a genuine interest in their students’ concerns. They should also be good motivators for the sake of students who may need some help and support overcoming their problems as they develop into capable and mature adults.
- Self-Aware and Accommodative
The beauty of the human race is that people are unique and have a free will. You, too, are unique as a teacher. As a teacher, you probably know a lot about each of your students’ personalities. However, have you ever wondered how well you know your personality? Your personality dictates much of your association with your students. As such, try to learn more about yourself and accommodate the differences between you and your students – this will make it easier for students to trust and befriend you.
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