I believe a great teacher is one who creates a classroom environment
that makes their students 1.) 'curious', 2.) want to 'explore'
('investigate') and 3.) allows them to 'discover'. I think instilling
and encouraging these three elements in students makes a great teacher.
Is 'curiosity' valued in your classroom? A great teacher creates a classroom
environment that makes the students 'wonder' about the things they're
teaching? You can tell if they are asking questions. Or are they just
Do the students want to explore and investigate the topics being taught?
A great teacher creates an atmosphere and motivates their students to
want to explore and investigate, for example, through experimentation.
A great teacher encourages and guides their students to 'discover' answers,
information, solutions. 'Discovery' makes students happy.
Happy students think they have a great teacher. And they learn better
and retain more when they 'discover' by their own efforts, rather than
just being 'given' information.
And yes, teachers can learn to make their students 'wonder', want to
'explore', and 'discover', and thus be 'great' teachers.
Scott Gannon, Bangkok, Thailand
1. Total commitment
2. Love for her job
3. Respect for her students
4. Full of energy and life to transmit
5. Willing to accept new things, ideas to improve herself and her teaching.
Sense of humour, organization, professional knowledge, local language
knowledge and versatility.
I think that flexibility is often forgotten + empathising
Nic Van Grootel
A teacher needs to have an attitude of "withitness".
This is a skill that a teacher develops through experience and is having
social emotional competence. Basically knowing the students characters,
interests and how to engage them in learning the topic and with each
other so that the teacher knows what is happening at all times in the
classroom with the students.
A teacher with self-efficacy confidence is able to promote student's
learning and achieve instructional goals which involves the teacher's
expert power in the curriculum. The student's are less able to become
bored when they can see a difference in their learning.
Classroom management skills are imperative in order to keep the
students engaged and on task through the CALM model.
The art of teaching can be both creative and scientific that entails
good organizational and instructional skills for delivering
the the intended learning outcomes.
My five suggestions for how to be a good teacher are:
1. PATIENCE - sometimes the student is not receptive or tired or not
catching on quickly, hard to be patient, so have to dig deep and find
the patience somewhere to get his/her attention back and go more slowly.
2. CREATIVITY - I am not one to follow a schedule strictly. Sometimes,
during the lesson, I think of something from the work we are doing and
create an exercise to get that point across. I also make my own worksheets
with the help of the Internet and my own creative ideas. I find it easier
if I can use my brain to make different worksheets and the students
pick up on your initiative.
3. GET SOME REST BEFORE A LESSON - I find if I am tired at the start
of a lesson, it becomes a very difficult time and I lose patience and
just want it to end! It is difficult to dig deep especially in one -one
-one sessions if you are tired. I have to concentrate so much harder
and put in so much more effort if I am feeling tired and lazy. Sometimes
I don't feel like going to a lesson, but I drink some cold water and
once I am there, I am fine.
4. KEEP THE LESSON INTERESTING AND TRY TO USE THE STUDENT'S HOBBIES
ETC. IN THE LESSON - I find if I can relate the lesson to something
the student understands and is excited about, he/she is more receptive
and stays focused. The worst thing is when you feel that the student
is losing interest and getting bored. So keep the lessons exciting,
bring in an activity when you see the student fading and give homework,
e.g. Comprehension relating to something the student is doing in his/her
life. (Of course this is for one on one or small classes). I once taught
3 Indian Computer Programmers English - I was so educated by the end
of the course in Programming, I could have written my own programme!
I used computer stories, jokes, examples etc. so that they could relate
to the content.
5. REWARD AND PRAISE - with younger students, rewarding is important.
If they feel that they are getting somewhere and that you are happy
with their progress, they will be much more keen on keeping their attention
on the lesson. Use starcharts, Snakes and Ladders for points (let them
read flashcards and have a turn at the Snakes and Ladders if they get
the word right), Scrabble, stickers etc. For adults, just praise when
they do a good job of an exercise, even adults like praise! Never get
cross when they do something wrong, just point out and guide, but when
they do an excellent piece of work, praise and encourage.
Janine Goodson - South Africa
To be a great teacher you need:
2. a loud voice
5. knowledge of your subject
1. Tons of patience, perseverance, and determination
2. Loads of love
3. Knowledge of students - their learning needs, problems and preferences
4. Good sense of humour
5. Strong belief in the inherent potential of each student
Persistence to keep trying when the going gets tough
Optimism to believe that learning is happening
Reflection to consider how to teach better next time
Energy to keep giving out what students need
Good humour to keep things in perspective.
And about another zillion skills, qualities and characteristics which
we strive for!!
Suzanne Weiss, New Zealand
1. sense of humour
2. knowledge of your subject
3. prepared to admit that you don't know it all
4. ability to make your students relaxed
5. empathy with your students about the challenges of learning
The Rosmans, Australia