What makes a good teacher?
"You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Look around and you will find all kinds of lists of what makes a good teacher, and as odd as it may seem for adults, we need good teachers too.
Some of the traits listed are knowledge (about the subject and teaching methods), confidence, patience, fairness, caring, responsible, and a good teacher should also be a perpetual student.
"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations." - Patricia Neal
Look around your community for your teachers, they are there, and more often than not, they are not the ones going group to group doing demos, self-promotion does not a teacher make. The best teachers are to be found for free (or at the very least, cheap), they are the ones teaching people even now without the benefit of a group gathering students for them, their classroom is the world.
"I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized." - Dr. Haim Ginott
So, what do you think the best teachers share as traits?
26 Mar 2009 13:02:55
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