What to look for in your school teacher?
A great teacher is one who inspires hope, ignites the imagination and instills a love for learning. Students always remember and cherish great teachers and they have a long-lasting impact on their lives.
Figuring out the quality of a teacher at any school isn’t all that difficult. You will just need to network with students and other parents. You can find out teachers whose students love to attend their classes or students who have learnt to like subjects they did not like earlier.
What to look for in a school teacher
Here are some qualities that you as should parents be looking for in teachers in addition to their qualification:
An Accessible Personality and Teaching Style
The teacher must be engaging and be able to hold the attention of students in all discussions. They should like children and be positive with them. They should not belittle the students and must be willing to give them a fresh start. The teacher’s enthusiasm is contagious to the kids and promotes learning as an enjoyable and exciting, adventure.
Knowledge of Curriculum and Standards
The teacher must have a thorough knowledge of the curriculum and other standards they must uphold in the classroom. They must ensure that their teaching meets those standards.
Knowledge of Subject Matter
The teacher should have in-depth knowledge of the subjects they are teaching and must be enthusiastic about the subject.
Passion for Children and Teaching
The teacher must be passionate about teaching and working with children. They should be excited about influencing students’ lives and understand the long-lasting impact they have.
Have Clear Objectives for Lessons
The teacher must establish clear objectives for each lesson and work to meet those specific objectives during each class. Good teachers should have multiple strategies to help students learn and must not give up until they know which ones work for a particular student. They must create learning experiences rather than instructional episodes.
They must encourage questions from students and make the material interesting for the students.
Effective Classroom Management and Discipline Skills
The teacher must make and enforce fair, firm and consistent classroom rules. They must have effective discipline skills and must promote positive behavior in the students. They must be aware of what is going on socially among students (in the playground and lunchroom, too) Prohibit name-calling, teasing, and other forms of emotional distress.
Good time management
They should recognize that every child is different and should adapt to fit those differences. They should manage their teaching time well and must help children focus their energy and keep it under control.
The teacher must have high expectations of the students and encourage everyone to always work at their best level. They should kindle a can-do attitude that makes students willing to take up challenging work.
Good Communication with Parents
The teacher must communicate with parents and keep them informed of what is going on in the classroom as far as curriculum, discipline, and other issues. They should be available to parents on phone calls, meetings, and email.
Build a community and have a strong rapport with Students
The teacher must have a strong rapport with students and establish a relationship of trust. This mutual respect in the classroom provides a supportive, collaborative environment for the students.
Must be fair and just
They must treat all students fairly and must hold no biases. They must work to make the classroom a safe haven and a place that is conducive to learning. They respect students and values each ones ideas and opinions.
Be persistent and use multiple strategies
The teacher should have multiple strategies to help students learn and must not give up until they know which ones work for a particular student.
Know the students and their learning styles
They should recognize that every child is different and should adapt to fit those differences. They must appreciate the child’s strengths and help them improve on their weaknesses.
The teachers must keep themselves updated on the latest in their subjects and always look to improve their knowledge and strategies.
Though finding this knowledge from official sources can be hard, parents of other students or students themselves can give you some valuable insights. If your child ends up with a problem teacher, share your complaints with the teacher and the principal. Even if doesn’t improve your child’s situation, it will surely lay the foundation for change.
As important as teachers are, parents are even more important.
Last but not least; put the issue of teacher quality in perspective. Good teachers are vital, but it has also been proven that parents and home environment are as influential as teachers in determining a child’s academic achievement.