10 TIPS that make a GREAT teacher.
What makes a GREAT TEACHER?
I have seen some great teachers. I have seen some great relief teachers. I have seen some terrible teachers too, but luckily they are far and few between. What I have found is that they have ten things in common. What are they?
That is the key question.
People have been discussing this topic for hundreds of years.
What makes a great teacher has been the focus of many academic exercises.
This is not one of them.
I am sure you could find academic details by searching the internet.
These are just my observations from my experience.
A great teacher has an unrelenting attitude towards students achieving results. Notice the word “unrelenting”. That’s the same message that students get. They are pretty astute. They know whether you are there to fill in the day or value add to theirs. If it’s the latter, you will have fewer problems with students.
A great teacher builds on relationships. Relationship is education’s equivalent of the Real Estate “position, position, position” catchcry. Great teachers have empathy with and understanding of student needs.
A great teacher is organised. Casual and relief teachers must have a day set out, even if there are interruptions. Show the students your program. Students usually work when teachers do as well.
A great teacher is a great sharer. Sharing and receiving of good ideas is what keeps schools and education dynamic. Be a sharer and accept sharing from others. A collegiate network makes professionals.
A great teacher is firm but flexible. Surprisingly, they seldom need to raise their voice because students know that their prime purpose is to valued add to their day. Don’t get me wrong, a school day is seldom without drama, but a great teacher uses authority to bring order rather than aggression.
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A great teacher gives clear unambiguous directions. Remember the KISS principle. Keep things SIMPLE.
Great teachers have high expectations. This goes for work, compliance, standards. Students will rise (or fall) to the standards set by the teacher.
Great teachers engage students in learning. The reality is that engaged students learn. These teachers have the skill of engaging students IN learning rather than teaching TO them.
Great teachers know that positives outperform punishment. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Great teachers are focussed. They keep what is most important well… MOST important. They aren’t distracted from their single goal – whatever the goal at the time is.