What makes a good teacher?
What makes a good teacher? The teaching profession today has greatly advanced and changed due to the demanding and calling characteristic of teachings. Teachers are not only trusted to bring out the personalities of the young people but the world is highly concerned with quality of work being delivered by the teachers and their output. Educating the young ones is also one of the most demanding duties It requires commitment, strong devotion and willingness to help the young learn properly. It calls for one possess skills like; class control, wider mastery of subject matter in his or her area of specialization.
To begin with, the zeal to educate the young nation and possession of adequate proficiency of the material. During their training in the teacher training centerss, the teacher gains enough knowledge to enable him execute his duties effectively. Committed teachers go extra miles to research further to be equipped. Building and keeping the profession up to date is one of the feature that defines a good teacher. Serious teacher do not rely on the outdated information and routine ways of teaching, they keep updating themselves professionally in order to deliver quality services to their students during the teaching-learning process. Love and passion towards a subject enables the teacher to search for knowledge in their subject area and thus the teacher remains updated.
In addition, being friendly and approachable enhances the teacher’s position and relation with students. Teachers are facilitators of teaching-learning process that is meant to impart knowledge and skills to the students. This calls for the good teacher to be sociable , therefore they have to be friendly and easily accessible to the student . the closeness between the teacher and his students creates a good interactive environment for teaching and learning.
However, the capability of a teacher to organize and put in place the learning-teaching materials in place in the right time enables the teacher to achieve the lesson plan set objectives. A good teacher takes his time before and even after the actual classroom teaching designing the schemes of work, records of work, lesson plans and researching to gather new knowledge available in their respective subjects of specialization. The core business of a committed teacher is to bring out the personalities of the young people by imparting the appropriate knowledge and skills desired and required by the student to function normally in the society. Good teachers work together , help each other and they too work closely with the students since they are the main target in teaching and learning process.
Moreover, students’ entanglement in teaching is a quality of a good teacher. This highly relies on the teacher’s ability to choose wisely the methods of teaching with regard to the content to that is supposed to be delivered. In most cases the student centered approach of teaching gives a large room for the learners to participate actively in the teaching-process. The employment of learner oriented methods of teaching increases the intractability of the teacher and the students thus bringing out the teachers accessibility close to the students. Good teachers are concerned with making their content unique and appealing. Creativity enables a good teacher to innovate teaching and learning materials that help brake the monotonous and routine teaching process and make learning interesting every time thus creating the thirst for learning more among the students
Nevertheless, excellent communication skills form the base a good and a focused teacher. A teacher with eloquent communication skills will be able to pass the intended content effectively and in the most efficient way. The capability to listen carefully enables the teacher to respond to his students correctly and at some point detect when they are not following up the lesson attentively and communicate back the issue of concern or areas that the students do not seem to understand very well. During the curriculum interactive phase, ( the actual implementation of the curriculum) teaching, good communication skills plays the key role in passing the information to the students while imparting the knowledge and skills to the learners.
In brief, a good teacher develops good social bonds with their students to reduce the distance between them and the students. Student’s success and performance depends largely on teacher-student relation. (Ashley Peterson 2016) says that it does not matter how much a teacher knows or the teaching methods but what matters a lot is the teacher’s ability to build up relationships and use the relationship to facilitate understanding.
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