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What are the qualities of a Great Teacher? Many people are not clear about this question. Let us watch videos of motivational speakers to learn their views.
There are wise quotes about teachers from great persons. Also, find an infographic about what makes a good teacher. All these will help you to become a great teacher.
What are the qualities of a Great Teacher?
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.
Some people think teaching is an easy and best job because teachers get more holidays and free time for other work in a day compared to other jobs. Do you think it is true? No.
Teachers have to face a lot of mental stress and physical burden daily as part of their work.
What makes a good teacher great?Teaching is one of the most humble jobs and also an important profession in shaping and moulding the future leaders of the world. Click To Tweet
Every good teacher wants to be great, there is no doubt about that.
Watch this video and listen to the inspiring talk by Azul Terronez, The author of the best-selling book “The art of Apprenticeship“.
He has coached teachers and schools leaders around the world in Spain, Chile, Canada, India, United States and China. His words will help to understand what makes a good teacher great.
Qualities required for a great teacher
Do you know what are the most important qualities you should have?
- A caring attitude toward students
- Good knowledge
- Capacity to keep up discipline and classroom management
“A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience’s attention, then he can teach his lesson.” John Henrik Clarke
This famous quote by the great teacher Late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam clarifies the qualities required.
Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today. Because a good education, knowledge about the subject and hard work are necessary to succeed in this profession.
A good teacher is a determined person. Gilbert Highet
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 have much work like copy correction, preparing questions, conducting examinations, answer paper correction etc.
Due to this kind of heavy schedule of work teachers cannot live life to the fullest and sometimes forget the purpose of their living.
Teachers are not working only for earning money they need which for a living. They have also a desire in mind they should change their students’ life with their help.
A good teacher’s most happy moment in life is the success of the student.
“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.” Philip Wylie
A good teacher will always point out and correct the mistakes of the students.
Instead of giving punishment, help them to correct their mistakes. Students will always remember a teacher who helped to correct the mistakes and become good citizens.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher. Temple Grandin
Technology is changing very fast and the present world is relying on and focusing more on new technology.
Hence it is important to get the children involved and prepared at a younger age to move forward with the new technology.
Sometimes, someone just points out the silly mistakes of a teacher, criticize and create a big issue which affects the mind and mood.
It is always better to ignore such criticism and avoid wasting your valuable time. Never make mood off with such silly matters.
Appreciation is very necessary for encouraging the students for doing better in future.
A 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 do nothing wrong to another person.
A happy teacher will teach better and the students will understand and learn better.
Teachers should not waste their valuable time and mood off by thinking about small matters, comparing salary or promotion with others, etc.
The working environment of teachers are great that can never get from any other job. A teacher is always in contact with students and making them great leaders and professionals.
Characteristics of being a “Great Teacher”
- Well dressed and good personality
- Good education and knowledge
- Good communication skills
- Be a good listener
- Have a good sense of humour
- Kindness, accessible, and caring
- High expectations for all students
How to become a better teacher?
Watch this 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 honors 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 Video Description
Due to many reasons, personal or family problems, some students can have bad days, stress, anxiety or depression.
Treat them like a parent. It would be better to meet such student after classes and find out what is the exact problem. Support, motivate and push to do better. if needed, meet their parents to solve the problem.
Some students may not understand and learn fast. That is not their fault. All are not the same. Be patient and explain repeatedly. 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.
“A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.” Eliphas Levi
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 what they will learn.
- Always listen to students, correct their words if needed, apply their suggestions if valuable.
- Give proper value to the ideas and opinions of every student.
- 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.
- Apply special interest and provide special help to weak students.
- 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 students struggle in their study.
- Remember the responsibilities and always be a professional.
- 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.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Ward
Infographic – What makes a good teacher?
This infographic visually explains what makes a good teacher.
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” Chinese Proverb
Motivational Speech – Sandeep Maheshwari
In the below video in Hindi, Sandeep Maheshwari, one of the top motivational speaker talking about how to be a great teacher.Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher. Maggie Gallagher Click To Tweet
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. Brad Henry
It is easy to find great teachers with all the required qualities because there are many great teachers who have great dedication to their profession.
A teacher is next to God. Proper respect should be given to teachers. Blessings from the teacher are necessary for students to achieve success in life.
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