The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher
In what ways does being a great teacher differ from being a good one? Credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other powers of intelligence are, without a doubt, vital considerations. A great teacher, on the other hand, should be much more than a collection of certificates, years of experience, and intelligence.
What is it that a great teacher has in his or her heart?
You are compassionate: A great teacher is compassionate toward pupils, coworkers, parents, and those in her or his immediate environment. “Kindness makes the world go around,” as one of my favourite sayings goes. It has a significant impact on the environment in the classroom and at school. Teaching with kindness allows pupils to feel welcomed, cared for, and loved by their teachers.
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You are kind and considerate: When it comes to teaching, it is a highly humanistic vocation, and compassion is the most profound feeling of understanding and telling people that you care about them. When a compassionate teacher displays that quality to students by her or his actions, students will be more receptive to understanding the environment in which they live as a result.
When it comes to empathy, you possess it. Empathy is a valuable characteristic that we should strive to cultivate within ourselves and among our students. Understanding what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes and seeing things from their point of view can have a significant influence on our judgments and behaviours.
You are a positive person: Being a positive person is not a simple feat to accomplish. Being a positive teacher is even more difficult when we are constantly confronted with situations that have little or no answers. However, maintaining a cheerful attitude when times are rough can have a tremendously good impact on pupils and those in our immediate vicinity. Trying to see the positive side of things always seems to help things get better.
As a teacher, you are a builder: A successful teacher bridges gaps and helps students develop relationships, friendships, and a sense of belonging. Educators are constantly looking for ways to improve and enhance their students’ experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. In the classroom, a great teacher strives to create a sense of belonging for his or her students. This extends to the entire school and its surrounding community.
You are an inspiration: All students and teachers admire and strive to be better versions of themselves, whether they are teachers or students or even better people. A great teacher has the ability to unveil hidden treasures, potential, and magic right in front of everyone’s very eyes.