The qualities of a good teacher are many. If you ask 100 teachers, you may end up with a list of infinity. Being that I like to keep these posts close to 300 words, I am going to offer you a more manageable list you can get through in 5 minutes. Lao Tzu sums it up in this quote – “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
Simplicity – Everyone appreciates when things are made simple for them. Simplicity enables students to catch on to the fundamental concepts. Then, when it’s time to stretch them and build a capacity, they have a solid foundation to build upon. Focus on emphasizing simplicity in your lesson plans and instruction. Making the complex simpler for student helps to build self-efficacy. Here is a list of a few things to keep things simple
- Consistency in planning
- Use Anchor Charts
- Constant Review
- Use music to encourage engagement
- Create Mnemonic devices and use them constantly
Patience – Students will test the boundaries. This happens for a number of reasons but it’s the reaction of the leader that determines what happens after correction or consequences. Leaders hold people accountable. If the student has made a poor choice, patient leaders encourage students to reflect to erase the possibility that the decision will be repeated. With great leaders, forgiveness is free and every day is a new day.
Compassion – Students are always watching their leader in the classroom. The leader is responsible for creating the environment through their actions words and behaviors. A compassionate leader sincerely cares for the needs of others and this makes students feel safe and comfortable. And when students experience compassion, they learn compassion.
OK, so I know that you have some other qualities that come to your mind. Please take a moment and share in the comments section.