How to be a good teacher ?
November 22, 2012 8:17am CST
I'm student and I nearly future I'll become teacher. I'm studying Civil engineering and I will can teach other peoples how to build a house and many things. Now, my problem. I have a class and they supose to teach us how to be a good teacher. OK, they don't do that. It's about purely theory but no practice things. I'm sure that you had a stupid proffesor or a teacher who don't likes to teach and you should have something to reproach them something. I want to read what you dislike to your teacher and then give me an advice about how to be a good teacher ? Thanks.
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22 Nov 12
I am a teacher and I dont like to be called as a stupid professor as what you just said. Just be yourself. Learn to enjoy your students. Be patient (though this is hard earned virtue through the years of teaching) Always be yourself that's it. I cant say that I am a good teacher but it is rewarding and nice feeling that when a woman who happened to be my student long time ago ( I forgot her actually ) approached and told me that "she forgot what lessons she learned from me but she couldn't forget the way we laughed at the class and how much enjoyment we had while we were having the lessons during the wee time of day".
22 Nov 12
I don't say that all teachers are stupid. It happenes to meet teachers who don't know what they need to teach. Or there was a lot of people who come to the class only to keep their job. These kind of teachers I call them stupid. I'm sure that you aren't like them.
22 Nov 12
To become a good teacher, you must be approachable, friendly and slightly strict. I'm not well train in teaching position but I'll do it by myself on how to become a teacher a good teacher because I'm a nursing graduate. Just be flexible and have patience. You can do it ! ;) good luck.
• St. Peters, Missouri
25 Nov 12
You've already received a lot of really good comments. I've been a teacher for 20 years and a private tutor for 30. I wouldn't disagree with anything that anyone has said. I would like to add that although having the content knowledge is important, it's not nearly enough. In fact, some of the worst teachers are those that found that the subject came easily to them. One of the most important skills in being a teacher is being able to break tasks down into small steps. How small? There's not a one-size-fit-all answer. You have to break it down into steps that are manageable by the learner you're working with. And that leads into the second skill I wanted to mention. Teachers must be adaptable. You can learn to assemble cars by following a specific outline of procedures. You can learn to bake bread by following a specific outline of procedures. I'm not trying to put these professions down. I'm trying to make the point that many professions require rote memorization and repetition. Teaching, on the other hand, requires a lot of memorization of techniques and other options that are available to you when you teach. But when you're actually teaching, you need to be able to draw from your wealth of knowledge and apply just the best methods for the moment. You never know exactly what's in store for you, so you can't plan to the point that everything you do is scripted. Learn the theory and everything else they teach you. Knowing all this, extremely well, will go a long way toward making you a better teacher. I think one of the worst things a teacher can do is be condescending. We're the teacher. We're supposed to know the material better than the student. A student should never, ever be made to feel less worthy because they don't know something.
• United States
25 Nov 12
That is great that you would like to work now on how to become an effective teacher in the future! I am a teacher, and went through a four year degree course, but I realize that many teachers (specifically in higher education) do not have this opportunity. First of all, anyone can develop the skills to be an effective teacher, but there are a few people who seem to be "naturals". In order to be effective, you must first drop the notion that there are "smart" and "stupid" people. The students in your class have the right and the motivation to learn the information/skills, and your job is to find out the best way to convey this knowledge so that they can become successful. Someone can be an expert on Civil Engineering, but if he can't convey this information to his students, he is ineffective. So, being an expert in your subject is not the main qualification. Become an expert in your subject so that you can be more helpful to your students. You can develop connections, hear about new theories, bring in guest speakers, etc. to help them use this topic in their real lives. Other than the subject, a teacher must be an expert on his/her students. Why do they want to learn this subject? What knowledge do they already have? How do they learn best? What's the average age/developmental level? What will they need to learn in this course in order to successfully complete it? There are a lot of discussions on methodologies, creating lesson objectives, assessments, etc. that you will hopefully cover in your course. Another thing you might try to do is practice explaining ideas and concepts to your peers or non-Civil Engineering students. Become a peer tutor, or if a friend asks about your class, engage him on the subject matter. It doesn't have to be boring. Make him wish that he was learning it by explaining how it is useful. This can help you improve your communication skills to become an effective teacher. All the best!
23 Nov 12
im a teacher but i dont know whether im a good teacher or not. but i always try to be a good teacher for my students. i like to tell them story about popular science, im an English teacher, or about religion. i like to share anything to my students and hope they can get more knowledge than they should. i also build good relation with my students. i become their friends. so, try to build good relationship with your students cos by having good relation your students will feel comfortable. this comfort atmosphere is very important in delivering your lesson to them. it also influences class acceptance toward the materials. beside, a teacher must be clever. so keep improving your knowledge so you are not left behind..good luck..
• Guangzhou, China
23 Nov 12
I hope you will be a good teacher because this is a very holy and respectful job. You shall be patient and fair to your students. You shall also understand that not everybody is perfect, and every student will have some shortcomings. You shall try your best to help them not only in study, but also the life experience.
23 Nov 12
It is a good career being a teacher i suppose,from learning to teaching time to time.More important thing to be a good teacher i think is kind with your students,beside professions.I admit it need a little strictness as a teaching method but i hate those teachers who are always overacted or hysteria even some are in violence