I think patience and the ability to articulate and explain themselves well are really important. For example, I had a college professor who taught electronics and circuitry. I have no doubt that he was smart and knew the material, but he just couldn't explain it in a way that the class could understand and would then get frustrated when we asked questions.
As a teacher myself, I think the best teachers are the ones that teach the whole child. We teach so much more than just the skills and concepts that are required. My goal was to improve all of my students. Some students that excelled in academics had other difficulties that I helped them improve.
With a classroom full of kids, it was exhausting at times. But, truly caring about your students means helping them to grow in all areas- whether it be multiplication facts, getting along with others, having a good attitude, sharing with the class, etc.
Most teachers I know (I teach teachers at a university) rely on pedagogy, methodologies, strategies, and are primarily ignorant of subject matter. If their PowerPoint cannot be used, they cannot teach.
When students are unruly, they have no concept of the psychology of discipline or learning. Few teachers even bother to learn educational psychology: at most they study a little of Pavlov, Piaget, and worse of all Marshall McLuhen. If they do study the history of education, it is usually focused on the late nineteenth century to the present, rather than going to its ancient roots: discovering the mistakes and successes of the past so as to use or avoid similarities in instruction.
Today's teachers are basically unfit. Their inadequacies frustrate, bore, or build resentment against the teacher and education.
It is past-time that we return to a classical liberal arts education that asks the primary interrogatives, and that teachers are not certified until they prove themselves to be subject-matter experts. All the games and whistles used in classrooms today are worthless if they do not expand the knowledge of the student.
Even worse than the games and whistles are the textbooks of today: They are opiats at best.
I failed an entire graduating class of would-be English teachers who could not explain why (in most cases) adjectives come before nouns. All of my students in the Psychology of Learning failed because of their own lack of responsibility. Few set aside time for reading, research, investigation, and the full plethora of the conduct of inquiry. It is for reason, as can easily be googled, that over 7000 high school students drop out of school every day. Learning is seen as a waste of time. Students are more interested in specialization, even though specialties last at most 5 years and they are at a loss of what to do when unemployed, and cannot adapt to a situation, adopt further skills because they have too narrow an educational background.
When I teach a course, I incorporate environmental and ecological studies, history, law, the arts and sciences, as teaching any foreign language is more than just memorizing words. Phrases are important but those that are considered proper (academically correct) are of greater value than any vulgar (street language) idiomatic expression. Unfortunately, today's teachers are those who are busy showing pictures, using tapes and slides, and have not a clue as to what is essential.
by artlader 7 years ago
A Hubber asked me today what I thought the attributes of a great teacher are. Well, I know I am not qualified, but I will take a shot anyway. The following, then is simply my opinion. No more than that.I assume mastery of content, basic classroom management skills, good communication skills, etc. I...
by Paul Swendson 3 years ago
And if so, how?
by Shawn McIntyre 4 years ago
Teachers often complain about low pay; the claim to be overworked and under-compensated. The say that they deserve to be paid more, since they are responsible for teaching the next generation. Yet, when the subject of the ever falling standards and performance of students comes up, they rarely have...
by Genna East 2 years ago
What steps do you think we should take to improve our education system?I'd like to see more courses in our high schools that embrace the arts and the humanities, and performance-based assessments as opposed to "teaching to the test."
by YvetteParker 5 years ago
What are your thoughts? Do more teachers teach content or do they teach a test?
by Richard Zonio 6 years ago
What makes a good teacher, a teacher who teach to live or a teacher who lives to teach?
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