Qualities of a good teacher

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A guideline for teachers

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The Making of a good teacher:

The Making of a good teacher sushama

Loves to teach:

Loves to teach Who doesn’t have the drive, passion, or enthusiasm for it.  On top of that, kids are smarter than what we give them credit for. They will spot a phony quicker than anyone and thus destroy any credibility that teacher may have.

Demonstrates a caring attitude:

Demonstrates a caring attitude Taking the time to get to know a student on a personal level takes a lot of time and dedication. There is also a line that no teacher wants to cross where their relationship becomes too personal. Elite teachers know how to balance this without crossing that line and once a student believes the teacher truly cares for them, then there is no limit to what that student can achieve.

Relate to their students:

Relate to their students Common interest can be hard to find, but good teachers will find a way to connect with their students even if they have to fake it . For instance, you may have a student who is a Lego fanatic . You can relate to that student if you do something as simple as ordering a Lego catalog and then going through it and discussing it with that student. Even if you have no actual interest in Lego’s, the student will think you do and thus naturally create a connection.

willing to think outside the box. :

willing to think outside the box. There is no one set cookie cutter way to teach. If there was, teachers and students would both be bored. What makes teaching so exciting is that kids learn differently and we have to find and utilize different strategies and differentiated learning to reach every student . What works for one student, will not work for every student . Teachers have to be willing to be creative and adaptive in their lessons, thinking outside the box on a continual basis.

Differential treatment :

Differential treatment

Differentiated instruction:

Differentiated instruction Definition: Recognizing the individual differences in students including how a particular student learns best. People primarily learn in one of three ways including kinesthetic, auditory, and/or visual. However differentiated instruction does not just take into account how they learn, it also embraces past experiences, prior knowledge, interests, readiness, language, etc. Research says that students who are taught through a differentiated instruction approach often make gains at a more rapid pace than those taught with a whole group approach.

A good communicator:

A good communicator However, in this area you are not just limited to being a good communicator to your students although that is a must. You must also be a great communicator with parents of your students as well as your faculty/staff team within in your building. If you have a difficulty communicating with any of these three groups, then you limit your overall effectiveness as a teacher.

How to Communicate?:

How to Communicate? All teachers will send home a form letter to each student’s parents introducing yourself, highlighting your class, contact information, goals you have for the year, etc. The letter will be sent home the first day of school. All letters or notes to parents should be proofread by at least two other faculty members before the note is sent home . After the letters have been proofread by two faculty members, they need to be turned into the principal for final approval.

Communicate…:

Communicate… A copy needs to be made and put in that student’s file of each letter or note sent home to that student’s parents . All written communication should be professional, courteous, and have contact information to get back in touch with the teacher. Avoid the use of jargon . If the letter/note is hand written, make sure that it is legible. If it is typed make sure that it is at least standard 12-point font.

Communicate… electronic form:

Communicate… electronic form Copies should be printed and filed of any correspondence via electronic form . Make sure that all text/graphics are large enough to be seen or read. Avoid the use of jargon . Be sure to run spell/grammar check on any electronic communications . Only use electronic communications with parents who have expressed that it is the way they prefer to be contacted . You must log off your email everyday before going home.

Seven things to avoid when trying to build positive relationships with faculty and staff members at school:

Seven things to avoid when trying to build positive relationships with faculty and staff members at school Do not talk about or discuss your co-workers with your students. Do not talk about or discuss your co-workers with a parent. Do not talk about or discuss your co-worker with other co-workers. Do not isolate yourself on a regular basis. Avoid being confrontational or combative. Avoid starting, spreading, or discussing gossip and hearsay about parents, students, and/or co-workers. Avoid being critical of your co-workers.

11 things to remember to develop good relationship:

11 things to remember to develop good relationship Be an encourager and show kindness and humility Be happy Refuse to engage in gossip or hearsay Let the water roll off your back (ignore bad things said about you) Collaborate with your peers Watch what you say to people If you make a promise, you better be prepared to keep it Learn about others’ outside interests Be open-minded Understand that some people’s feelings are hurt easier than others Don’t worry about accolades

proactive rather than reactive:

proactive rather than reactive Intense planning and organization can ultimately make your job all the more less difficult . Teachers who plan ahead, looking for aspects that they might have issues with, and proactively looking for solutions to solve those problems will have less stress on them, then those teachers who wait until a problem arises and then tries to address it . Being proactive does not replace being adaptive. No matter how well you plan, there will be surprises. However , being proactive can cut down on these surprises tremendously, thus making you more effective overall.

works to be better:

works to be better Every year there is new research, new technology, and new educational tools that could make you a better teacher . Seek out professional development opportunities and try to apply something new to your class every year.

uses a variety of media in their lessons:

uses a variety of media in their lessons this generation of students was born in the digital age. These students have been bombarded by technological advances unlike any other generation. They have embraced it and if we as teachers do not, then we are falling behind . This is not to say that we should eliminate textbooks and worksheets completely, but effective teachers are not afraid to implement other forms of media within their lessons.

Examples of media …:

Examples of media … The Internet LCD Projector Document Camera Smart Board Digital Camera

Knowledge of Curriculum and Standards:

Knowledge of Curriculum and Standards A great teacher has thorough knowledge of the school's curriculum and other standards they must uphold in the classroom. They ensure their teaching meets those standards.

challenges their students:

challenges their students These are the teachers who are often students’ least favorite teachers at the time, but then later on in life they are the ones that we all remember and want to thank, because of how well they prepared us for life after our time with them . Being an effective teacher does not mean you are easy . It means that you challenge every one of your students and maximize your time with them so that they learn more than they ever thought possible.

understands the content that they teach and knows how to explain that content in a manner that their students understand:

understands the content that they teach and knows how to explain that content in a manner that their students understand There are teachers who are truly experts on the content, but struggle to effectively explain it to their students. The highly effective teacher both understands the content and explains it on level. This can be a difficult skill to accomplish, but the teachers who can, maximize their effectiveness as a teacher.

Now some tips for freshers…:

Now some tips for freshers … Probationary Status vs. Tenured Status Tenure : you must teach at the same school for three consecutive years with satisfactory performance. Probation : The three years prior to tenure status is called probationary status.

Some technicalities of tenure…:

Some technicalities of tenure… Tenured teachers are entitled to due process when they are threatened with dismissal or nonrenewal of contract. This process is very tedious for administrators, because just like in a trial case, the administrator must show evidence that the teacher is ineffective and failed to meet district standards, in a hearing before the school board. A probationary teacher does not have the right to due process as it stands for a tenured teacher and it requires the teacher to prove that he or she does meet the standards in which the district has established to keep their job. If a board feels like than can replace an adequate probationary teacher with someone better, it is within their right, but they cannot do so with a teacher who has tenure.

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