One truth about children that resonates with me was explicated by Rousseau: Children are neither good nor evil. They can be either. It’s how they are brought up that determines that. Therefore, parents and teachers play a crucial role on the lives of children. While teachers are given years of education to do just that, the task of shaping the lives of young, impressionable children can be daunting at times.
The qualities that make a great teacher are not easy to inculcate or duplicate, but understanding these qualities can set a distinct standard of excellence to strive for.
ACCEPTING. Create an environment of love by accepting any kind of learners.
BUBBLY. Teaching is a high-energy job that requires constant interaction with different students and an upbeat, bubbly personality is a must.
CONSIDERATE. Students need to feel that they are equally valued and their ideas, beliefs and tenets are respected.
DEEP THINKER. To gain understanding of the children’s complex development, a deeper insight is needed.
EFFECTIVE. Studies revealed that students who were placed with highly effective teachers significantly outperformed comparable students on various assessments.
FAIR. Our society is founded on the idea of justice and equality and teachers play a vital role in instilling this.
GENUINE. A child can see through a looking glass and he/she can can feel if you genuinely care about her/ him.
HONEST. Teaching honesty helps develop character and self-esteem.
INTERESTING. Children can be truly engaged if teachers present lessons in a thought-provoking manner.
JOYFUL. Learning is futile if the experience of “doing school” destroys children’s spirit to learn. Boredom is a disease of epidemic proportion.
KIND. Too often, we underestimate the power of kindness. A kind teacher helps students feel cared for and loved.
LIGHTHEARTED. Teachers have the power to create lighthearted fun out of serious learning.
MOTHERLY. An explicit mothering role to students can bring an inexplicable amount of positive change.
NATURAL. Be natural. If your heart is in teaching, it will naturally show.
OPTIMISTIC. When students are facing hurdles, the teacher can influence them to be more optimistic in attaining their goals.
PASSIONATE. Passionate teachers believe in the importance of their job and their role to promote student’s intellectual and moral development.
QUINTESSENTIAL. Teachers find gratification that their job is worthy of sacrifice.
REFLECTIVE. The ability to reflect and draw decisions on thoughtful analysis is an integral part of being a teacher.
SINCERE. It runs through the core of your soul and reflects to the way you deal with all kinds of learners.
THOUGHTFUL. A thoughtful teacher carefully plans to foster learning.
UPRIGHT. The role of a teacher in a society is undeniable and being an upright teacher means displaying good character worthy of emulation.
VIRTUOUS. The old mantra holds true: virtue is first “caught” and then “taught”.
WILLING. Be willing to explore new teaching ideas and strategies.
YOUTHFUL. Teacher’s enthusiasm is infectious. Be youthful. Be alive.
ZEALOUS. A zealous teacher can make a world of passionate and energetic young learners.
Most importantly, teach LIFE.