“I am a teacher. It’s how I define myself. A good teacher isn’t someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed. That’s the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it’ll have to do a lot with teaching.” Justin Trudeau
People have different types of jobs depends on the qualification, ambition or luck. Many times do not get the job as per wish and have to do other jobs because of no other option to earn money for living.
Teaching is one of the most humble jobs and also an important profession shaping and moulding the future leaders of the world. Click To Tweet
Are you a teacher not happy with your working and looking for ways to become a good teacher?
“Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher.” Maggie Gallagher
You can find simple tips, inspiring talk videos of motivational speakers, wise quotes to how to become a good teacher. It doesn’t mean that you will become a good teacher after reading and following the post, but it may help you to select some points. Job satisfaction depends on the self-confidence, attitude towards work, motivation etc.
“I have learned that, although I am a good teacher, I am a much better student, and I was blessed to learn valuable lessons from my students on a daily basis. They taught me the importance of teaching to a student – and not to a test.” Erin Gruwell
What makes a good teacher great?
Every good teacher wants to be great, there is no doubt about that.
Watch this video and listen to his inspiring talk to understand what makes a good teacher great.
Azul Terronez is the author of the best-selling book “The art of Apprenticeship” Azul has coached teachers and schools leaders around the world in Spain, Chile, Canada, India, United States and China and he currently serves as a teacher-coach at Shanghai American School.
This quote by the great teacher Late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam clarifies the qualities of a good teacher.
Life of a teacher
Teaching is the main work of a teacher. But apart from teaching what else a teacher do?
In day to day life teachers are being involved in many matters like copy correction, preparing questions, conducting examinations, answer paper correction etc.
Due to this kind of heavy schedule of work, sometimes teachers are even forgetting the purpose of their living and not able to living life to the fullest.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. Temple Grandin Click To Tweet
Teachers are not working only for earning money which is needed for living. They have also a desire in mind that their students’ life should be changed with their help.
A student achieving success in life is the most happiness in a teacher’s life. All the teachers have this desire, but many times they are being entangled in the day to day life and they are able to fulfil a very little of this desire.
Teachers should point out and correct the mistakes of the students.
The present world is relying and focusing more and more on new technology and hence it is important to get the children involved and prepared at a younger age to move forward to success.
“Having been an educator for so many years I know that all a good teacher can do is set a context, raise questions or enter into a kind of a dialogic relationship with their students.” Godfrey Reggio
Good Teacher should Ignore criticism
Sometimes, someone just points out their silly mistakes, criticize and make a big issue of that silly problem which affects the mind and mood.
At that time it is always better to ignore such criticism and avoid wasting valuable time or make mood off with such silly matters. Otherwise, that mood off will affect the teaching.
“A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” John Henrik Clarke
Teachers should appreciate students for their achievements. Appreciation is very necessary for encouraging the students for doing better in future.
Good Teacher should be always happy
It is very important that a teacher should be always happy. There should not be any limit for that happiness. Because a happy person can never do anything wrong to another person.
If the teacher is happy, then the teaching will be good and students will understand and learn better. Teachers should not waste valuable time and mood off by thinking about small matters, comparing about salary or promotion with others etc.
Teachers should give importance to how much they are able to touch students' life with teaching. Click To Tweet
“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” Philip Wylie
Teaching is a good profession
The smile of children is natural.
Teachers are lucky that they can see the smile of children the whole day at work. Click To Tweet
Teachers are in such a good working environment that can never get from any office or worship place.
Teaching is a good profession because a teacher is always in contact with students and making them great leaders and professionals.
Teaching is a gift that seems to come quite naturally for some people, but for others have to work overtime to achieve good teacher status.
“A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.” Eliphas Levi
Characteristics of being a “Good Teacher”
- Well dressed and good personality
- Good education and knowledge
- Should have good communication skills
- Should be a good listener
- Have a good sense of humor
- Kindness, accessible, and caring.
- Should have high expectations for all students.
“A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.” Martin H. Fischer
How to become a better teacher?
Inspiring talk by Mariappan Jawaharlal
Dr. Mariappan “Jawa” Jawaharlal (Dr. Jawa) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. He is recognized as an outstanding educator for his innovative and engaging teaching pedagogy.
He has received numerous honours including the Northrop Grumman Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovative Educator Award. Dr. Jawa is well known for his hands-on, guided discovery approach.
He is the founder of Robotics Education through Active Learning (REAL), a unique K-12 outreach program, which reaches thousands of students each year.
Dr. Jawa helped develop the Femineer program that inspires young women about engineering and empowers them with real skills.
He has over 20 years of industrial, academic and entrepreneurial experience, ranging from starting new engineering programs to product development and commercialization. Dr. Jawa is passionate about education and writes for the Huffington Post. Source: YouTube
Try to treat them like a parent. It would be better to meet such student after classes and find out what exactly is going on. Support them, motivate and push to do better. Meet their parents if needed to solve the problem.
Some students may not understand and learn quickly. That is not their fault. All are not same. Be patient, and explain over and over again. Ensure that all students understand what you are teaching.
Some students may need your emotional support more than a piece of information. Recognise such students and support them.
Quotes from the great teacher Late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Things to do
- Create a welcoming and good learning environment for all students.
- Keep ready daily objectives for students.
- Before starting a lesson, make students understand clearly what they will learn.
- Always listen to students, correct their words if needed, apply their suggestions if valuable.
- Ensure that each student’s ideas and opinions are valued.
- Give tasks to students and make them complete it on time.
- Encourage and push students to achieve success in class and life.
- Express and apply a personal interest to every student, especially to weak students.
- Don’t change mood when addressing students’ arguments, always Stay calm and solve their problems.
- Try to give many avenues of participation to quiet students and make them active.
- Help struggling students in their study.
- Remember the responsibilities and always be a professional.
- In the classroom keep a sense of humour to make the students mind attractive to teaching and not bored.
- Call parents to school, discuss with them about their children and keep good relationships with them.
A good teacher is next to God. Proper respect should be given to teachers and their blessing is very necessary for children to achieve success in life.
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