Many a times we hear proverbial sayings from various sources at different occasions like TEACHERS ARE BORN and not made. A teacher is a social entity. A poor teacher tells. A good teacher teaches. An excellent teacher demonstrates. An outstanding teacher motivates. It’s true, All of us remember a teacher we consider great. Some may be termed as being “good” teachers; and a small percentage may be great teachers. It is possible that we may have learnt under great teachers. Now the question arises what are the attributes that go into making a great teacher? My list may not be complete, nor is it based on formal research. But it will hopefully form the useful skills………………………………. Qualities of the Great Teacher
1. Be ready for self evaluation Remember one thing that no one is perfect in this world; we all are in the process of perfection. So be an efficient learner.
2. Personal Appearance : A teacher should look like a teacher. Dress up in such a way that should catch the unnecessary attention of the people.
3. Voice and Pronunciation : The language of a teacher should be simple with less complicated words. Voice and pronunciation should be clear. So that students can understand the things exactly as it is delivered.
4. Passion for the subject: Passion for the subject: Great teachers have a deep passion for the subject they handle, whether it is nursery rhymes in kindergarten or biology in middle school.
• Get Mastery of subject matter
• Update knowledge and skills
• Prepare the schedule with your co-ordinators, divide the time 1st day of the week is for reading 2nd day is for ……… this will help you to plan your activities.
5. Interest in Learners – : The teacher should be interested not only in the subject that he is to teach but also in the learners. Students are different, some are visual learners, some are auditory and some learn through constant touching and practice. The teachers have to be able to present the subject with a balance with all these type of learners.
6. Attitudes & Motivation Since the teacher is in direct contact with the learners, he/she has a powerful impact on the development of attitudes and value systems in the life of the students. The teacher’s own attitudes and personal qualities like sincerity, punctuality, honesty, dedication and hard work influence the character formation of children. The level of motivation among the learners is also greatly impacted by the standards set by the teacher. • Follow rules and regulations • Complete work on time • Neat and clean work • Honesty towards work and duties • Take self responsibility
7. Dealing with students : + Encourage ability to think Make them find answers of the question. Underline the important words not the lines. Ask questions which are not the part of textbooks but need common sense. Give hints
+ Stimulus Variation Kinesic Variation : Teacher Movement, Volume Variation, Get into Space, Move Behind Focusing : Verbal- This is Important, Write This Down, This Will be on the Test Gestural- Point, bang on desk, point, gesture Verbal-Gestural- Point and “look at this!” Shifting Interaction : Teacher to Student, Student to Teacher, Student to Student, Teacher to Student to Teacher to Student Pausing : Alert Students to Change, Promotes Thinking, Emphasize Key Point, Break Monotony, Regain Control Shifting Senses : Auditory, visual, movements, touching etc.
+ Repetition • Restating another way • Providing examples to illustrate • Partial Reviews • Re-use skills in subsequent learning • Practice, Practice, Practice + Be ready for the quick decisions • Ask questions in between • Quiz • Divide class into 4 groups • Extra work for students
Accept that the child has the right to his or her opinion, even if you disagree with it.
1. Express your feeling strongly-without attacking character.
2. State your expectations.
3. Avoid comparisons
4. Appreciate efforts- Find out schemes to motivate the child : By writing his name on the blackboard with description of good behaviour, or give stars with description in his/her copy, assign any task.
5. Avoid labels and criticism 6. In order to create a positive learning environment your students should know what to expect from you each day. You need to be consistent.
Relationship with the colleagues and Head of the institution
Your relationships with your colleagues are important. Good workplace relationships can help you do your job better. They can make going to work everyday enjoyable. Bad relationships with colleagues can distract you and can turn a so-so job into a nightmare. We should always consider other members of the staff to be like members of the same family. The teacher, whatever is their emotion of the day, should not show it out and maintain calmness. If the teacher goes out of control, the students get either out of control or get overly scared. The teachers should respect their students and also their colleagues. Never talk ill about another teacher to students, this will make the teacher loose respect among the students. Co-operative attitude: We should have co-operative attitude. We should be co-operative with students, colleagues, and head of the institute. Free from any type of prejudice: The teacher’s profession is such that he is expected to remain over and above any type of prejudice. Respect Your Colleagues Respect is the foundation of all good relationships, including those you have with your colleagues. Be aware of gestures and body language. Listening is one of the most important communication tools, yet so often we fail to adequately use it to its full benefit. Empathic listening involves listening with our ears, our eyes and our heart. Blaming someone else when you are at fault, Taking credit for someone else’s work, Trying to convert others to your political or religious beliefs, Complaining about the company, boss, and co-workers etc are not acceptable in workplace and it is considered as undignified behaviour.