In every personality development, a teacher is a part of it. Being a molder of our youth, a teacher should be careful in all his ways because children are imitators. They learn more from what they see and observe. The following are some qualities of an effective teacher.
A teacher should be a model in all his ways. He should be a good model not only inside the classroom but also outside the classroom. Setting a good example in his speech, attitudes and his ways at any time and any place will gain his respect from children and people around him. By observing him, children will learn good values.
A teacher should be sincere and true to his commitments. If the teacher has these qualities, the objective of the school which is to educate the children into a wholesome personality is easily achieved. If a teacher has these qualities, he puts his teaching job the first priority over all other duties. He does his job well with or without his superior.
A teacher should be respectful and honest. Sometimes we wonder why some children are disrespectful. Why? Children are disrespectful because they have observed from their teachers the attitudes opposite to what they teach. To make his teaching effective, the teacher should show respect for those in authority. Dishonesty is also another problem that exists in children. Teachers should show honesty even little things. Values are caught not taught.
A teacher should be firm in his words. Word of honor is very important to one’s personality to gain respect and obedience from the pupils and other people. Assignments should be checked and discussed the following day. Projects should be checked and gathered. A reward should be given to those who have done their responsibilities. Rewards are incentive to pupils to perform better.
A teacher should be kind and friendly. A teacher who is friendly will make children feel comfortable in the classroom. Children’s shyness and fear will be lessened. As a result, they would not be afraid or hesitant to ask questions on what they could not understand. They will look forward to attending their classes with joy.
Since the teacher is a part of every success and failure of a child, she or he should strive to be a model.
Source: Vizcaya Advocate, Volume LII No. 30, July 24, 2018
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