Being An Effective Teacher
Teaching profession is classified as one of the most magnificent professions in the world. Teaching is not only a well paying profession but also a lifetime success. However, although any person can become a teacher, not each person can be an effective teacher. Holding a degree in teaching profession does not mean you will be an effective teacher. Being an effective teacher is not just assisting students to study the information they require in order to advance to the next level or achieve good grades, but it involves changing the life of someone. Teaching involves touching the life of each student in the class. Therefore, an effective teacher nurtures the talents and the skills in the students and helping them accomplish their goals.
Elements of an Effective Teacher
An effective teacher encourages students to study more and perform better as well as utilizes the instructional time well. Furthermore, an effective teacher ensures all the students have the sense of belonging and feel at ease in the class by providing a good environment for learning. This helps to make the learning process easy for the students.
An effective teacher should be able to deal with every emerging situation that comes into the way of the students. Teachers face various challenges such as dealing with different attitudes of the students and therefore it requires an effective teacher to be more flexible to handle such situations. Thus, an effective teacher should be a value-oriented role model to the students.
In most cases, effective teachers have been found to posses some unique characteristics: creative, positive and enthusiastic. There are various ways these characteristics can be expressed, but this simply implies that, effective teachers prefer to spend most of the school time in classrooms with students assisting them to study and succeed in life.
Another outstanding element of an effective teacher is being orderly in the classroom. An effective teacher should be able to plan and organize the lessons in an effective way such that the students may not be stained in their brains. A good organization as well helps the students to learn from the teacher and apply the same in their daily life.
Characteristics of an Effective Teacher
One of the most key characters of an effective teacher is honesty. An effective teacher should always be honesty to themselves as well as to the profession. An effective teacher thus should work effectively under no supervision. An effective teacher is always loyal in everything that he says or does.
To become an effective teacher requires having the desire, passion and driving in teaching. An effective teacher should have the desire to nurture the lives of students for the better, the drive for achievement and the passion for teaching. These characters enable an effective teacher to enjoy doing the job as well as doing it effectively.
My favorite teacher is my history teacher, and he is by far the best teacher that I have ever had. He has the ability to make a subject that many students find incredibly boring come to life through his enthusiasm and passion for history, and his love of being a teacher. Going to his lessons is something we look forward to, not dread, like we do with most other lessons.
It’s ever so funny to watch him get excited about something, which happens in every lesson. It’s easy to know that he’s getting excited because he begins bouncing up and down slightly in a way that no other sixty-something year old would ever managed without looking completely ridiculous. He has this dark (with more and more grey streaks these days), springy hair that lines the edge of his growing bald patch, and the hair bounces up and down with him like thousands of tiny little springs. Then, he takes on his whole new persona, often going into role and becoming the character or figure he is talking about, doing the voices, the actions, and parading up and down the room gesticulating wildly, but all the while there’s a gentle ‘bounce, bounce, bounce’, as though the springs are not just on his head but on the soles of his shoes too.
A teacher that doesn’t take himself too seriously always will be a big hit with teenagers, although he’s not afraid to impose his authority if he has to. I’ve only ever heard him properly shout once (although thankfully it wasn’t it me), but it isn’t an experience that I would like to repeat. When he lost it, the room suddenly became more silent than I’d ever known it to be before. We all sat slightly paralyzed, not even anting to breathe too loudly, because hearing such a jovial and jolly little man lose his temper was a huge shock. It certainly had the right kind of impact though, because he’s never needed to shout since.
It is actually this teacher that I have to thank for my love of history. In his lessons, history does not mean copying out of textbooks and writing pages and pages of notes. History is alive; history is something tangible, that you can see, hear and feel, and we can live it through dressing up and acting out scenes or taking trips to important places of historical interest. And although he’s getting on in years and may not be teaching for much longer, he will have an important place in history for many of his students, because there has never been a teacher able to bring a subject to life in quite the same way he does.