Being An Effective Teacher
Teaching profession is classified as one of the most magnificent professions in the world. Teaching is not only a well paying profession but also a lifetime success. However, although any person can become a teacher, not each person can be an effective teacher. Holding a degree in teaching profession does not mean you will be an effective teacher. Being an effective teacher is not just assisting students to study the information they require in order to advance to the next level or achieve good grades, but it involves changing the life of someone. Teaching involves touching the life of each student in the class. Therefore, an effective teacher nurtures the talents and the skills in the students and helping them accomplish their goals.
Elements of an Effective Teacher
An effective teacher encourages students to study more and perform better as well as utilizes the instructional time well. Furthermore, an effective teacher ensures all the students have the sense of belonging and feel at ease in the class by providing a good environment for learning. This helps to make the learning process easy for the students.
An effective teacher should be able to deal with every emerging situation that comes into the way of the students. Teachers face various challenges such as dealing with different attitudes of the students and therefore it requires an effective teacher to be more flexible to handle such situations. Thus, an effective teacher should be a value-oriented role model to the students.
In most cases, effective teachers have been found to posses some unique characteristics: creative, positive and enthusiastic. There are various ways these characteristics can be expressed, but this simply implies that, effective teachers prefer to spend most of the school time in classrooms with students assisting them to study and succeed in life.
Another outstanding element of an effective teacher is being orderly in the classroom. An effective teacher should be able to plan and organize the lessons in an effective way such that the students may not be stained in their brains. A good organization as well helps the students to learn from the teacher and apply the same in their daily life.
Characteristics of an Effective Teacher
One of the most key characters of an effective teacher is honesty. An effective teacher should always be honesty to themselves as well as to the profession. An effective teacher thus should work effectively under no supervision. An effective teacher is always loyal in everything that he says or does.
To become an effective teacher requires having the desire, passion and driving in teaching. An effective teacher should have the desire to nurture the lives of students for the better, the drive for achievement and the passion for teaching. These characters enable an effective teacher to enjoy doing the job as well as doing it effectively.
Recently I was invited to give a guest lecture on the topic “Characteristics of highly effective teachers of English’.To prepare myself for the lecture I asked my students and fellow teachers to list the qualities of a good teacher of English.Those who were involved in the informal brainstorming sessions had listed a number of characteristics an English language teacher should have.My experience as an English language teacher and teacher trainer also helps me define an effective teacher of English as someone who possesses 5 I’s:<
- Independent thinking
- Interdependence Imagination
A teacher who is imaginative can do wonders in the English class. Their new ideas break monontony and make students take lively participation in the class. Albert Einstein says thatt imagination is more important than knowledge.
“Human progress is possible only through education. Without imagination, education becomes a kind of intellectual recycling of the same knowledge passed from teacher to student and back to teacher on the test. Education should do more than simply transmit information; it should develop skills such as imagination that evolve our knowledge and move us forward as a species.”
Teachers who are imaginative can teach any language skill interestingly and effectively. They can develop students' creative self-expression. Teachers who are imaginative explore and create new things.
Students enjoy being guided by imaginative teachers.
An innovative teacher dares to go off the track in order to be on the track. Students like teacher who are innovative. Innovativeness means
- Introducing changes and new ideas
- Daring to be different and being unique
- Going off the track in order to be on the track
- Experimenting new things
- Being fresh always
A teacher who promotes interaction in the English class does justice to their profession by empowering learners and helping them develop their communication skills. They motivate their students, create opportunities for them to interact with one another through commutainment (communication through entertainment) activities such as roleplays, groups discussions, mock interviews, etc.
Independent thinking is the process of being able to think on your own, without someone else guiding you. "In a world where knowledge is doubling every few years and what once was a fact can become out of date so quickly equipping young people with the mental tools to succeed in such a world is vital." Teachers can help their students develop their independent thinking only if they are independent. Independent thinking implies
- Thinking on your own
- Being critical of what you see and hear
- Questioning information and irrational assumptions
An independent thinker helps students develop the desire and ability to think on their own. An independent thinker contributes a lot to the team. Language learning tasks should aim at developing students’ thinking skills.
Interdependence is essential for a successful person. Taking students from dependent stage to independent stage and then to interdependent stage is very important. Man is a social animal and interpersonal relationship is the key to success in today's competitive world. The one who knows how to relate with others can climb up the ladder of success. Those who are interdependent use positive language and win people. They are polite, pleasant, practical, persuasive and powerful.
A teacher of English who is imaginative, innovative, interactive, independent and interdependent can be successful in the field and can lead the students from dependent stage to independent stage and then to interdependent stage.
Dear teachers, please let me know your comments.