How To Be A Successful Teacher

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@MALUSE (48787)
Germany
July 9, 2017 1:08pm CST
A teacher should always be well prepared and know more than they’ll need in class. This gives them self-confidence, a positive feeling that makes the job pleasurable and is a trait pupils cherish. Of course, it can always happen that a teacher doesn’t know an answer, but it shouldn’t happen too often. The technical side of teaching, how to structure a lesson etc., is a trade that can be learnt. How a teacher stands in front of a class can only be improved but not really learnt. Self-confidence is vital. Pupils can be cruel. If they feel that a teacher doesn’t feel good in front of a class, is even afraid of young people, they’ll utilise this remorselessly. It’s not advisable to discuss each and every topic in class. If the issue is reasonable, it’s absolutely acceptable to inform the pupils about a rule and tell them that you expect them to follow it. This doesn’t mean that they’re patronised. Patronising or even insulting pupils should be avoided at all costs. A teacher should take their job seriously and show the pupils that they care. This doesn’t mean, however, that they should bare their souls in front of the class. A certain distance is healthy for both sides. If it comes to an open conflict and a pupil or a group of pupils attack a teacher verbally (hopefully not physically), it can sometimes be hard to keep in mind that the job occupies only a part of one’s personality. There must always remain a private sphere which doesn’t belong to the school or the pupils. If there isn’t, a teacher can’t survive sane and sound. This distance also allows a teacher to be cool and take things easy. Of course, a teacher wants their pupils to learn what they’re taught. Yet, if they don’t for some reason or other, the teacher won’t feel personally insulted and get enraged. Humour is a great asset for a teacher. A lesson which passes by without some laughter is a sad one indeed. Nobody is perfect and a teacher isn’t, either. They shouldn’t pretend to be smooth operators. They’ll be loved if they’ve got kinks and quirks like anybody else and can laugh about them. This includes also that if the teacher is rightfully enraged, they should show it. Regularly shouting is ridiculous and ineffective. An occasional shout can work wonders, though. Patience should be a teacher’s middle name. Nerves of steel and a thick hide are indispensable. It’s easier to take things easy if a teacher understands that they’re not lone warriors. It’s always advisable to speak openly with one’s colleagues about problems in a class. Maybe they have the same problems. If so, a common strategy can be found to overcome them. It’s also advisable to be in contact with the parents. Don‘t wait until something has happened, better react before. If there are disciplinary issues, it’s a good idea to invite the pupil in question together with the parents so that they don’t get the impression that something is discussed behind their backs and they‘re treated in an unjust way. To cut a long story short, the most important traits of a successful teacher are: knowledge, commitment, distance, patience, good nerves and humour.
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@Tampa_girl7 (28599)
• United States
12 Jul 17
I'm sure that you possess all of those traits Do you miss teaching ?
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@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
12 Jul 17
No, I don't. I liked my job but 40 years are enough.
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@Lucky15 (34238)
• Philippines
10 Jul 17
Humor can really be a great trait, it can get student's attention and lend their ears.Some lacks on that trait. School can be a fun place when those traits can be found in very teacher :)
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@tzwrites (4971)
• Romania
21 Nov 17
Some of my fondest memories of my school years are the teachers who made class fun and made us laugh.
@NJChicaa (52322)
• United States
9 Jul 17
My patience was fried by mid-May this year. It was a struggle to get to June 21.
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@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
9 Jul 17
The last weeks before the summer hols/vacations are the most horrible! I feel with you.
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@JudyEv (156222)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul 17
Excellent advice. I think self-confidence is one of the most important traits. As you say, pupils can be very cruel if they think you can't cope.
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@DianneN (108982)
• United States
10 Jul 17
Having been a teacher and professor, I have to agree!
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@BelleStarr (42362)
• United States
9 Jul 17
To me being a teacher is a vocation, I have no patience as everyone I have tried to teach has told me, they pretend they understand so as not to upset me lol I guess it is a good thing I didn't decide to be a teacher.
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@xFiacre (6769)
• Ireland
9 Jul 17
@maluse Those six traits could easily transfer to any profession, even mine. Especially mine.
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@Corbin5 (134291)
• United States
9 Jul 17
If a teacher follows the advice above, an effective teacher he or she will be!
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@pgntwo (22713)
• Douglas, Isle Of Man
9 Jul 17
I think I know what prompted this - well done. All I have to do is be sure my humour is on the same wavelength ;)
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
9 Jul 17
I don't know what you're referring to. What prompted this in your opinion?
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@pgntwo (22713)
• Douglas, Isle Of Man
9 Jul 17
@MALUSE A post earlier by someone in the teaching profession who was finding it hard to keep themselves motivated due to long hours and poor travel conditions? If not, ah well - an excellent post regardless.
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
9 Jul 17
@pgntwo I remember that post now. It must have triggered something in my brain.
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@tzwrites (4971)
• Romania
21 Nov 17
It's hard to be a really good teacher. I admire teachers because their work is not quite fully appreciated.
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
21 Nov 17
Sadly, you're right.
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@runnerx (58)
• Cebu City, Philippines
21 Nov 17
Wow i don't know you have a post like this, you are a great help to me when you reply in my post, now i know why. Thank you for this, it help me and i learn a lot of your wonder tips.
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
21 Nov 17
You're welcome!
• Japan
1 Nov 17
what a nice discussion it is.i just read it and loved. i think the most important thing is patience when you are a teacher ,if you have a short temper it is impossible to deal with it. i love kids and i can see how they love me.i am happy with them..
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
1 Nov 17
Thank you.
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@ilocosboy (42428)
• Philippines
10 Jul 17
Since you're talking of being successful, you can also include taking master's degree and even doctoral degree and only the traits.
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
10 Jul 17
I don't understand your comment. What are you telling me? My post is about the teaching profession. No idea why I should include master's and doctor's degree.
@aishanee (436)
• Cuttack, India
10 Jul 17
you're my favourite teacher for sure ,with all these traits in a teacher I would love to go back to school days again.
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
10 Jul 17
Thanks for the compliment but I'm retired now after 40 years of teaching. :-)
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@Kandae11 (40212)
9 Jul 17
I think I would be lacking in three of the above mentioned traits.
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
9 Jul 17
Oh? Are you going to share your secret?
@noni1959 (4702)
• United States
9 Jul 17
Humorous teachers have a higher chance of getting through to even the toughest kids. When I was in school, a sub came in and she was to timid the kids were awful to her. Another came in and was so funny and calm, he won them over. In college, I had a professor that locked the door right at the hour and refused anyone in even one minute late. I knew a few students she would do this to and hers was the only class they didn't do well in. Not all were late from not getting up in time (early class), they were with counselors etc but she didn't care. Another would read someone's papers to the class and ridicule. Those should not be teachers.
@MALUSE (48787)
• Germany
9 Jul 17
Closing the door for latecomers wouldn't be allowed in Germany. The teacher would get severe problems.
@annierose (18950)
• Philippines
10 Jul 17
Thanks for starting this wonderful discussion. From Monday to Friday is always like a battlefield. I cannot start teaching without praying at all. If I do so, I think I will be insane because of the student's attitudes. That is true, a teacher needs a barrel of patience.
@devops (112)
10 Jul 17
That was interesting.. Thanks for sharing with us. @kiran8 should be able to say us something more because she is a teacher.
@allen0187 (34347)
• Philippines
10 Jul 17
Agree with what you wrote here. It is an eye-opener for me for sure since i also teach online. Those qualities that you mentioned do come in handy.
@frank96 (115)
10 Jul 17
teacher and policeman are my dream job in childhood.I agree with you and these qualities are a must for the teaching profession.