What Makes a Great Teacher

Many people may think a great teacher is someone with a tremendous amount of knowledge and one who is an expert in their subject area. However, this is not what makes a great teacher.

A teachers job is to provide an optimal learning environment for students to maximize their learning and overall development. It has little to do with actually how much knowledge a teacher has, and is mainly centered around the teachers ability to relate to their students and provide a state that allows them to learn to their fullest potential.

Here’s a few ways to become a great teacher:

Create Student-First Learning

Great teachers know that lesson plans should be designed for students and delivered in a way that is student lead. This is something that takes years of practice and experience to learn. Great veteran teachers create a classroom environment where students lead in the lesson more often than the teacher.

An example of this would be a teacher who prompts students with questions and allows the class to engage and discuss/debate the topic with each other in a respectful, appropriate manner. The teach acts as the facilitator of the conversation, posing more questions that asks them to go deeper in their thinking and reasoning.

Build Positive Relationships

There’s an old saying that goes a little something like this, “Nobody cares about how much you know until they know how much you care.”

That was said by former president Theodore Roosevelt, who also knows a thing or two about teaching and leading a group of people.

The statement is also 100% true, and all beginning teachers must understand this before they ever want to reach mastery level in their profession. If a student doesn’t know that a teacher care about them, then they most likely won’t respond to their methods of teaching, no matter how much they know or how great they seem to be.

Without positive relationships, you won’t get very far as a teacher because students won’t respond to someone they don’t trust or have a relationship with. Establishing trust and developing a relationship should be the number one task for teachers as the new year begins. This can be done by giving students interest inventories, questionnaires, communicating with parents, and spending one-on-one time with each individual for a few minutes a day.

Having Simple Rules & Procedures

Teachers make a big mistake by creating a list of rules that are a mile long and unrealistic for the classroom. Having too many classroom rules will eventually lead to students failing to following any of them. This is because rules become unclear to students and difficult to follow when there are an excessive amount.

A good guideline for rules and procedures is to only have 3-4 rules for the classroom. Creating these rules should also include the students, so they feel like they are apart of managing and maintaining a positive classroom environment. studies show that when students are included in creating rules for the classroom, they are more likely to engage in positive behaviors and follow through with the written rules.

Taking advice from our blog will set you on the right path towards becoming a successful educator.

“Inspirational Quotes for Education”

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”

~Allan Bloom

Education is the learning experience, or investment of knowledge, skill, habits, beliefs and values. In the modern world, education is categorized into formal or informal education. Informal education is the learning experience outside a planned setup or other than structured curriculum whereas formal education is the institution based learning experience inside a planned set up or classrooms. In today’s world, having a good education is considered essential to attain success and to find a good job but the true meaning of education is more than just degrees or certificates.

“The purpose of education is to enable us to develop to the fullest that which is inside us.”       

 ~Norman Cousins

Education is the necessary ingredient to assist individuals and nations to recognize and develop their skills and knowledge that urges better life and jobs to provoke prosperity and social inclusion. The goal of education is to provide complete mental and physical development in the fullest way to live morally, imaginatively and productively in the world. Education develops the minds to think instinctively and logically to produce intelligent and innovative minds.

“Education is the key to unlock golden door of freedom.”

~George Washington Carver

Education is the key to every lock in this world. It is the name of a thought process and the way to perceive this whole world. Everything is first created in your mind and education is the medium or a facilitator that opens up your doors towards the right kind of thought process. A right thought process helps you to achieve the freedom of mind and to unlock your maximum potential. It is beyond any certification or degree but a process to gain a free will.

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the Willingness to learn is choice.”  

~Brian Herbert

Education must be your first choice to achieve material and inner success. This is the ultimate way to conquer this world by controlling your life by using your own principles. The capability to learn and to get knowledge is a gift that is given to you. It is said that if knowledge is power, then learning must be your superpower. This is the best way to design your future and to accomplish your life goals. Thus, educate yourself to make a difference and to create a better future.