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Topic: 8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher
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GS Chandy

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Re: 8 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher
Posted: May 2, 2013 9:09 PM
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All 8 "Characteristics of a Great Teacher" listed and described in the article are useful, even necessary - so I note them below for reference. But they do not, I believe, adequately capture the 'essence of a great teacher': also, despite the descriptions provided of each suggested 'characteristic', I believe they are far too 'abstract'.

I believe Philip Hughes, in his response, has done much better to capture 'the essence of a great teacher' - his list is also captured below for reference.

I approach the matter from a slightly different perspective. Consider the case of a 'fresher teacher', who genuinely wishes to become a 'very good teacher' - and, if possible, to become a 'great teacher': so this is, say, his/her 'Mission':

"To become a very good teacher and, if possible, a great teacher".

How should he or she go about that Mission? The list provided in the article is fine for that prospective 'great teacher' to read up and understand (if somewhat abstract) - but specifically *HOW* should that particular fresher go about becoming the 'great teacher' he or she yearns to become?

Starting from whatever he/she happens to be today, just how what are the steps he or she should take to become, in due course, a 'very good and then a great teacher'?

The article's list provides a few hints - but no specific steps.
Philip Hughes' listing provides some rather better hints (in my opinion) - but no specific steps.

I herewith provide suggestions about just how a fresher who's really keen on teaching may set about developing himself/herself - stepwise - to become a 'great teacher'. I assume that you are the prospective 'great teacher' and so I address specifically you.

Well, Step 1 would be to accept that Mission and be determined to carry it through, over time (regardless of difficulties that may arise or be confronted).

Mission: "To become a very good and then a great teacher".

Step 2: Respond to the following 'First Trigger Question':

"What, in your opinion, are the THINGS TO DO to accomplish your Mission (i.e.'become a very good and then a great teacher')?"
The recommended "Characteristics of a Great Teacher" (according to the article):
1. They Demonstrate Confidence
2. They Have Life Experience
3. They Understand Each Student's Motivation
4. They're People, Not Heroes
5. They're Technologically Capable
6. They Model Risk Taking
7. They Focus On Important Stuff
8. They Don't Worry Too Much About What Administrators Think

Philip Hughes' opinion on the "characteristics of a great teacher":
1,A great teacher respects students.
2,A great teacher creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom.
3,A great teacher is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring.
4, A great teacher sets high expectations for all students.
5, A great teacher has his own love of learning



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