Teachers have long-lasting impacts on the lives of their students, and a great teacher must inspire students toward greatness.
By Dr Nabila Farhat Siddiqui
I am often asked by my student teachers: ‘What makes a great teacher?' Greatness in teaching is just as rare as greatness in medicine, law, or any other profession.
Although the qualities that make great teachers are not easy to inculcate or duplicate, understanding the qualities of a good professional teacher can give all teachers a standard of excellence to strive for, and guide schools and their headteachers in their efforts to recruit and retain the best teachers.
One thing we need to remember is that a great teacher is one that a pupil or student remembers and cherishes forever. Teachers have long-lasting impacts on the lives of their students, and a great teacher must inspire students toward greatness.
Teaching is an exciting and yet challenging career, full of personal rewards and a chance to encourage and support others to achieve their maximum potential and their highest level of achievement. In addition to the necessary academic requirements involved in becoming a teacher, we also need to develop the skills required to effectively teach and become outstanding teachers.
This brings us back to the core of our discussion: What makes a great teacher?
If we honestly look at the school scenario nowadays; teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today.
It demands the following:
- Broad knowledge of subject matter
- Curriculum standards
- Enthusiasm and positive attitude
- A caring attitude
- Love for learning
- Classroom management techniques
- A desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.
With all these qualities required, it is no wonder that it is difficult to find great teachers for your children. But, that does not mean there are no good teachers. Some schools still have these good teachers.
As a parent, pay keen interest.
The writer is the managing director for Daffodils Education Services