5 Basic Skills Teachers Require To Be Effective

5 Basic Skills Teachers Require To Be Effective

 

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A teacher is always a teacher.

A teacher is always teaching – if not a subject, an example. His/her self.

Being an effective teacher, therefore, is a challenging feat, indeed.

More so, in today’s ever-advancing world, which moves at breakneck speed, on the wheels of technology. Students have access to all kinds of resources which can bring them knowledge and know-how. What, more, can a teacher teach, then?

Here comes the challenge; and the expertise.

What qualities need a teacher have, in order to be effective?

Tech-savvy

It is understood that in today’s tech-times, a sound knowledge, or at least, a basic knowledge of technology and its possible applications in the classroom and in general education is absolutely necessary for a teacher.

A teacher of olden days used, perhaps, a blackboard and chalk, before more advanced things were invented. A teacher of today shall, likewise, have to bring into use the advancement made available for today’s education system!

  • If there are Apps that can help students study better, caring teachers need to know about them in order to guide students more effectively.
  • Teachers also need to illustrate education better, if possible, with the help of PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Teachers need to use various Apps themselves, so that they realize how they can be utilized for the benefit of education, and whether any of them could also be misused, in any way.

 

In order to teach, a teacher has to know.

Present day education needs present day information and resources, to be effective.

 

Let us view this video, as an example:

 

Empathy

 

The quality of empathy is very necessary in a teacher, for him/her to be effective.

How can a teacher teach anyone anything, without feeling and realizing what the student’s feelings are?

Effective teachers can look at a student and understand whether the student is following the lesson, or is upset or distracted.

When they see that a student is trying his/her best to grasp what is being taught, but missing it somehow, effective teachers immediately do something, to help the student.

They either explain the matter in simpler terms, or call the student aside to ask what problem s/he is facing with the lesson. This can be possible only if the teachers have EMPATHY.

In order to teach students empathy, a teacher has to experience and practise it, first.

 

Discipline

 

Our teachers have taught us Discipline, both in Theory and Practice, to be effective.

Can any of us even bring ourselves to imagine teachers who do not practise Discipline? Who raise their voices or are rude to their colleagues or others, either in the presence, or absence of students? Can we imagine teachers who walk into classes without seeking the permission of the teacher there? Or teachers who do not practise the manners and etiquette students are taught? A teacher procrastinating work, or avoiding rectification? It would be impossible, and even irreverent, to imagine such teachers.

Reason?

Teachers always teach as much through their actions, as through their speech.

In order to be an effective teacher of manners, discipline and ethics, a teacher would have to demonstrate the same qualities, through regular practice of the same.

It is not for nothing that the saying goes: ‘Practise what you Preach’.

 

Sense Of Humor

 

A sense of humor can be an asset for a teacher.

Lightening the hearts and the atmosphere of the classroom can help a teacher be extremely effective, both in the short and long term.

We remember lessons that we have enjoyed learning; and we remember teachers who have made us enjoy learning.

A funny anecdote or a relevant joke shared in the class by the teacher can work in many effective ways:

  • It helps the students bond better with their teacher, by sharing laughter together.
  • It explains that part of the lesson better, making the moment memorable.
  • It lightens the mood and atmosphere of the class; making it come alive.
  • It fosters better teacher-student interaction.
  • It teaches students to look at the lighter side of situations, and incorporate the skill in their lives.
  • It makes students love that particular subject and class better.

 

An Open Mind

In order to be an effective teacher, one has to have an open mind.

An effective teacher is always eager to learn more – even if it is from a student.

  • When a teacher opens the mind up and welcomes information, ideas and suggestions from students, s/he aids their learning and personalities, by encouraging them to make positive contributions – not only to that particular class and subject, but also to society.
  • By welcoming opinions from students and being willing to learn from them if necessary, a teacher makes students think and act in a more responsible, purposeful manner.
  • By being open minded, a teacher learns better, to teach better.

So, we see, to sum it all, apart from a sound knowledge of a particular subject and current technology to express and explain it more vividly, an effective teacher has to have certain other qualities, as well.

One of them is training. And along with that, come the other attributes we discussed above.

Empathy The quality of empathy is very necessary in a teacher, for him/her to be effective.How can a teacher teach anyone anything, without feeling and realizing what the student’s feelings are?Effective teachers can look at a student and understand whether the student is following the lesson, or is upset or distracted.When they see that a student is trying his/her best to grasp what is being taught, but missing it somehow, effective teachers immediately do something, to help the student.They either explain the matter in simpler terms, or call the student aside to ask what problem s/he is facing with the lesson. This can be possible only if the teachers have EMPATHY.In order to teach students empathy, a teacher has to experience and practise it, first. Discipline Our teachers have taught us Discipline, both in Theory and Practice, to be effective.Can any of us even bring ourselves to imagine teachers who do not practise Discipline? Who raise their voices or are rude to their colleagues or others, either in the presence, or absence of students? Can we imagine teachers who walk into classes without seeking the permission of the teacher there? Or teachers who do not practise the manners and etiquette students are taught? A teacher procrastinating work, or avoiding rectification? It would be impossible, and even irreverent, to imagine such teachers.Reason?Teachers always teach as much through their actions, as through their speech. 

In order to be an effective teacher of manners, discipline and ethics, a teacher would have to demonstrate the same qualities, through regular practice of the same.It is not for nothing that the saying goes: ‘Practise what you Preach’. Sense Of Humor A sense of humor can be an asset for a teacher.Lightening the hearts and the atmosphere of the classroom can help a teacher be extremely effective, both in the short and long term.We remember lessons that we have enjoyed learning; and we remember teachers who have made us enjoy learning. 

A funny anecdote or a relevant joke shared in the class by the teacher can work in many effective ways:

  • It helps the students bond better with their teacher, by sharing laughter together.
  • It explains that part of the lesson better, making the moment memorable.
  • It lightens the mood and atmosphere of the class; making it come alive.
  • It fosters better teacher-student interaction.
  • It teaches students to look at the lighter side of situations, and incorporate the skill in their lives.
  • It makes students love that particular subject and class better.

 An Open MindIn order to be an effective teacher, one has to have an open mind.An effective teacher is always eager to learn more – even if it is from a student.

  • When a teacher opens the mind up and welcomes information, ideas and suggestions from students, s/he aids their learning and personalities, by encouraging them to make positive contributions – not only to that particular class and subject, but also to society.
  • By welcoming opinions from students and being willing to learn from them if necessary, a teacher makes students think and act in a more responsible, purposeful manner.
  • By being open minded, a teacher learns better, to teach better.

So, we see, to sum it all, apart from a sound knowledge of a particular subject and current technology to express and explain it more vividly, an effective teacher has to have certain other qualities, as well.One of them is training. And along with that, come the other attributes we discussed above.Sincerity, integrity, commitment and an everlasting yearning for and endeavor towards knowing and teaching better combine with knowledge, to make a teacher effective.

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