7 Key Attributes of a Great Teacher
Teachers can make a large and positive difference to how well children do at school. Not all the teachers share the same passion towards the profession. Some teachers are always far more influential than others.
Here are the key attributes of a great teacher:
The best teachers are passionate people. They love what they teach, they love being a teacher, and they love the challenge of helping each of their students learn. Their passion is contagious, and they infect their students with a love of learning.
Passion is what drives us to put so much energy into our teaching. It stops us from giving up when things get hard, and it motivates us to learn ways to improve our craft – no matter how good we already are. You cannot be a great teacher without a passion for helping kids learn.
Great teachers expect all of their students to work hard and to learn. They acknowledge that their students are at different stages and have varying levels of ability. However, they believe that all of their students can learn, that all of their students should achieve real progress every year and that all of their students should achieve basic levels of competence in literacy and numeracy.
Great teachers expect every one of their students to work hard and achieve things that haven’t mastered before. Their belief in their students leads these teachers to challenge their high achievers, in the same way it leads them to challenge students who struggle.
All other things being equal, smart people make the best teachers – and the smarter the person the better. This may fly in the face of popular belief, but a recent research clearly shows that higher levels of intelligence, traditionally known as IQ and now known as general mental ability, leads to higher performance in all jobs – including teaching.
All teachers need to know the content that they need to teach, and they need to know the most effective ways of teaching it. Such knowledge is a prerequisite to effective teaching. However, on its own, this knowledge is not enough to move you from good to great. It is how they use this knowledge that makes some teachers more effective than others.
Great teachers work hard. Teaching is not always fun or easy, and it certainly isn’t a 9 to 3 job. While it is possible to focus your efforts on those things that matter most, there is no substitute for hard work. Great teachers are driven to do well, and they understand the link between effort and success. Conscientious people are responsible, determined and persistent. They work hard and go the extra mile in order to do the very best job that they can.
Teachers who care about their students have more impact on how well those students do at school. They genuinely care about them as people in much the same way that a loving parent would care about their child. Great teachers are warm, respectful and empathetic. They say good morning to students when they walk into school at the start of the day, they ask students about things going on in their lives, and they offer support when students are in need.
7.A Problem-Solving Approach to Failure:
Great teachers want to help every one of their students to succeed, but sometimes their efforts fail to have the desired effect. They are not afraid of failure. They don’t blame themselves, but nor do they excuse the failure as inevitable. Rather, they see the failure as feedback that tells them that what they are currently doing is not working for this student or group of students. Great teachers then embrace the situation as a challenge to be met or a problem to be solved.
(Indebted to various sources)