1Great English teachers are passionate. They're passionate about many Things -books, literature, their classes, programs. They're people to be reckoned with, people with opinions, people you can't ignore. They're people who students want to listen to and ask questions of. Whatever their age, these teachers are still relevant to their students' lives.
2. Great English teachers are text maniacs. They're always reading something. They'd never say they don't have time to read anything any more because of the weight of marking. They couldn't live if they didn't read. When students are reading in lessons, these teachers will usually be reading. They'll talk to students about what they're currently reading. They'll divert the course of an entire lesson because of something they read last night in bed. They exemplify the relevance of written texts in life: they don't just quack the rhetoric of being seen reading: they actually can't avoid doing it.
3. Great English teachers work too hard. They write out advice-sheets for their classes, sample essays, give detailed feedback, write stories, direct, take coachloads of kids to the outdoor activities. If they look like they're not working hard, you're being conned.
4. Great English teachers don't pretend to know all the answers. They relish being asked questions they can't answer because it gives them something to find out. They exemplify real learning, open-ended, messy, unpredictable, ongoing learning.
5. Great English teachers love individualism. They relish the eccentrics in a class -the naughty ones as well as the paragons. The naughty ones will often only behave for these teachers. These teachers have something individual to say to each student. They call them out and talk about their work one-to-one. They say when they're disappointed about something a student has done, but mostly they celebrate success -not in some phony saccharine way, but through sheer enthusiasm for a job well done. Students know when a Teacher really knows them: a Great English Teacher invariably does. You only have to note the way ex-students send cards or Make visits to be reminded that Great English teachers change people for life.
6. Great English teachers balance spontaneity with structure. Their lessons can feel hugely creative and unpredictable. Yet they fit into an overall developmental pattern. A student will know where he's heading, what he needs to work on to improve, where the half-terms' lessons are heading. And yet it will all feel so fluid, so unforced, so natural. This is the Great English teacher's gift.
7. Great English teachers are risk-takers. They have their own favorite texts but they frequently try out new finds. They're not afraid to use a grammar or punctuation exercise if that's what's going to clarify the thinking of the class. But chiefly they use texts to excite and challenge young minds, even when they know that the texts may be a little high level. It's a sign of their self-confidence, of their high expectations. They mix idealism and pragmatism. They have high ideals about students gaining a love of literature and a relish for the infinite complexity of language. But they're happy to read easy stories for example, and to simplify language to a series of accessible rules if that will help their students' progress.
8. Great English teachers love the process of teaching: they like its creative opportunities. They like listening to students talking, like watching their drama, reading their stories. They may complain that they don't, that they'd had enough, but, deep down, it's what drives them- a love of the intangible processes of the classroom.
9. Great English teachers are undervalued. They should be showing teachers in all subjects how to teach -how to build students' confidence, how to structure lessons, how to assess skills and knowledge humanely and precisely. They should be our first choice of mentors, watching fledgling teachers and helping to shape their skills. Great English teachers are Great teachers per se and schools should recognize this more.
10. Great English teachers have a powerful emotional impact. You walk out of their lessons feeling you can do Things -can read better, write better, think better, learn better. The world seems a bigger challenge but we suddenly feel up to it. Great English teachers nourish our heroism.
11. Great English teachers get nervous on the day of exam results. They don't need to, but they do. It's a sign of their concern that their students should do well in exams, as well as enjoy their subject. It's a sign also of their accountability: Great English teachers don't automatically blame their students if a result is disappointing: they live the exams along with their students.
12. Great English teachers are more important than they realize. They teach the most important skills within the most important subject. They remind us of the power of language and the delights of literature. They help students to mediate a bewilderingly complex world, standing for certain values -for the confidence to ask questions, for the security of knowing there aren't always simple answers, for being prepared to argue your case, and doing so in a style that is powerfully appropriate. Great English teachers do all this and more. They have an impact beyond their knowledge, influencing generations of young people. They're the reason many of us are ourselves English teachers. They are, quite simply, Great teachers in an age when teachers are almost automatically disparaged. We owe them a Great deal -not least, our gratitude
Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs todaysm233. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. With all these qualities required, it's no wonder that it's hard to find great teachers.
Here are some characteristics of great teachers:
Great teachers set high expectations for all students. They expect that all students can and will achieve in their classroom, and they don't give up on underachievers.
Great teachers have clear, written-out objectives. Effective teachers have lesson plans that give students a clear idea of what they will be learning, what the assignments are and what the grading policy is. Assignments have learning goals and give students ample opportunity to practice new skills. The teacher is consistent in grading and returns work in a timely manner.
Great teachers are prepared and organized. They are in their classrooms early and ready to teach. They present lessons in a clear and structured way. Their classrooms are organized in such a way as to minimize distractions.
Great teachers engage students and get them to look at issues in a variety of ways. Effective teachers use facts as a starting point, not an end point; they ask "why" questions, look at all sides and encourage students to predict what will happen next. They ask questions frequently to make sure students are following along. They try to engage the whole class, and they don't allow a few students to dominate the class. They keep students motivated with varied, lively approaches.
Great teachers form strong relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people. Great teachers are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. Teachers with these qualities are known to stay after school and make themselves available to students and parents who need them. They are involved in school-wide committees and activities, and they demonstrate a commitment to the school.
Great teachers are masters of their subject matter. They exhibit expertise in the subjects they are teaching and spend time continuing to gain new knowledge in their field. They present material in an enthusiastic manner and instill a hunger in their students to learn more on their own.
Great teachers communicate frequently with parents. They reach parents through conferences and frequent written reports home. They don't hesitate to pick up the telephone to call a parent if they are concerned about a student.
A positive attitude is a great asset in life. You will be thrown many curve balls in life and especially in the teaching profession
A positive attitude will help you cope with these in the best way
You may find out the first day of school that you are teaching Algebra 2 instead of Algebra 1. This would not be an ideal situation, but a teacher with the right attitude would try to focus on getting through the first day without negatively impacting the students
An effective teacher must have high expectations You should strive to raise the bar for your students
If you expect less effort you will receive less effort You should work on an attitude that says that you know students can achieve to your level of expectations, thereby giving them a sense of confidence too
This is not to say that you should create unrealistic expectations. However, your expectations will be one of the key factors in helping students learn and achieve
In order to create a positive learning environment your students should know what to expect from you each day. You need to be consistent
This will create a safe learning environment for the students and they will be more likely to succeed. It is amazing that students can adapt to teachers throughout the day that range from strict to easy. However, they will dislike an environment in which the rules are constantly changing