A willingness to share knowledge and experiences with others is one of the most in our instituition.
Education is a very hands-on field and often requires experimentation within the classroom to discover which methods of communicating with students work best. Part of being an effective institution is sharing your findings and best practices with others in the field.
Institution who bring their students’ learning into the real world are often some of the most engaging. But it’s important for teachers to bring their own learning into the real world, too.
One of the best preparations for effective learning is to ensure that education students get plenty of classroom experience early on in their degree programs
Being able to engage students with humor, creative lessons and a strong classroom presence is an important part of what makes someone a good teacher.
“If you were to envision that teacher that you would want in your life, even now, you’re going to want someone who is very engaging in front of the classroom,” he said. “A good teacher will perform for their students to keep them going... It’s not about sitting back and just lecturing, it’s about engaging in the work.”
Another key to engaging students and improving their learning is to treat each student as an individual, by being empathetic and understanding to what may be going on in their lives.
“We need to take a moment to think back and think about what could be going on in this student’s life,” he said. “It’s so important to be observant, attentive, empathetic and always have a positive attitude.”
Effective teachers need to be able to work in a constantly evolving environment and adjust their teaching methods based on the age of their students, the resources available and changing curriculum, practices and requirements.
Adaptability is also one of the key skills needed to be a teacher who may be educating students of varying grade levels or different learning styles.
Dedication refers to a love of teaching or passion for the work, which includes commitment to students’ success. Responses often referred to loving the subject matter or simply being dedicated to the work. To a student, this means a teacher should be “always willing to help and give time.”