Becoming A Teacher: What Makes A Good Teacher
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I could not agree more! Teachers’ abilities to put themselves in their learners’ positions is paramount. Good teachers understand what their students know (point A), what they need to know (point B), what’s missing (gap between points A and B), and how to get them from point A to point B. With respect to breaking down students’ inhibitions, I’ve found that asking numerous simple questions that students can answer successfully is one effective method of developing self-esteem and self-confidence. Thank you,Muhammad, for an excellent and insightful comment.
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I agree that what makes a good teacher is difficult to identify with precision. Good teachers have some characteristics in common, but in the end, a more abstract quality seems to enter into the equation. The topic for me includes not only what makes a good teacher, but also whether teaching someone to be a good teacher is possible. I would like to think that we can train teachers to be good, but my experience tells me that truly good teachers are born with a hidden talent for connecting with students that cannot be learned by teachers who lack that underlying ability. So we can teach talented teachers to be better, but teaching mediocre teachers to be good may be beyond our reach. Thanks for reading the article and for making your comment.
The demand for great teachers is a tangible pressing need. While our country has come a long way in education reform, we still have a long way to go. There are schools across America that are still in because of budgetary concerns and low teacher retention, and students still continue to at alarming rates. One reason to become a teacher is to impact the education system. If you recognize the need to improve the quality of education in this country, then you may become a teacher to affect change. There is a lot of work to be done, but it is the collective effort of thousands of dedicated teachers that will make the most difference.