A teacher’s job is by no means easy. Being a teacher carries with it duties and responsibilities to the school, the parents, and especially the students. A teacher plays an important role in guiding and influencing all the facets of a child’s development – be it physical, mental, moral or even spiritual. Considering how important the teacher’s role is to my children, as a parent, I pondered on what I should expect from them. These are my views and expectations of what a good teacher ought to be.
How to Be a Good Teacher?
First and foremost, the teacher is an educator. Thus, I expect teachers to be knowledgeable in the subject(s) they teach. They must always be prepared with their lesson plans and must teach the correct theories, principles and application. As important as teaching correctly is teaching effectively in order that the students really learn and understand what is being taught.
Teachers must be impartial and avoid favoritism. They should be fair in giving grades and avoid subjectivity at all times (e.g. when grading projects, rating conduct). A teacher should treat his students equally regardless of who they are – whether this is the daughter of so-and-so or the son of you-know-who. Numerous complaints have always been brought up regarding unfair grading and favoritism. A teacher can steer clear of this situation by exercising objectivity and transparency.
Teachers should realize that students differ from one another. Some are fast learners and others are slow learners. Therefore, he must adjust himself to these differences. He must consider this diversity when preparing tests or other activities for his students.
A good teacher is able to establish rapport with his/her students. This will help him to recognize their strengths and weaknesses. In turn, he is able to help the parents bring out the best in their children. Knowing his students is very important especially during parent-teacher conferences when the parents raise questions about their child’s performance in class.
A teacher must be able to motivate his students. It is very disappointing for parents to see their child showing very little interest in school. Sustaining a child’s interest for the rest of the school term is a challenge to our teachers. Learning should go beyond the basic skills of language and logic. The teacher must be able to point out the relevance of a subject to daily living. After all, there is a practical side to learning. He must be able to use available tools and teaching aids to make learning more interesting. Class projects are intended to complement the learning activities in the classroom.
Teachers should give homework on a regular basic. Homework in an extension of the learning process at home. Moreover, homework teaches the child to become responsible and encourages him to study. Parents also should become aware of the lessons being taught in school and are able to involve themselves with their child’s schoolwork.
Just an homework is part of a student’s life, so are tests. Tests are necessary and inevitable as they are reliable measure of the child’s learning and school standing. However, it should also develop the correct attitude in a student. I believe that scheduled tests are preferable to surprise tests. Not only will surprise tests cause anxiety to a child who is not prepared but it will also discourage him if the test results are not favorable.
Before a major test is given, the teacher should make sure that his students completely understand the subject matter. The teacher should always provide the complete coverage of tests – be it a long test or periodical test, especially to students in the lower grade levels. And given the correct information, parents can properly review their children.
A teacher should be open ti questions, constructive criticisms and evaluations from his students. He should not make excuses and must be willing to admit his mistakes. Knowing his shortcomings enable him to change for the better.
Last, but not the least, a teacher must be dedicated to her work. She may be a very qualified teacher – very knowledgeable in the subject matter with a long list of teaching experience, and in touch with the latest techniques in classroom learning. However, if she is not properly motivated, she can prove to be the most ineffective mentor. High compensation is a very good motivating factor, but does it guarantee my child’s learning success?
It is not easy to list down what ingredients make a good teacher. Neither do I expect one to be a paragon of perfection. Let me emphasize that, in the final analysis, it is the students who will single out the teachers they esteem. As parents, I can only hope that our teachers recognize what their jobs entail and that they do their best for their students – our children. And for that, I will always be a grateful parent.
The influence of a good teacher can never be ERASED.