What does it take to be a good teacher ?

Teaching is the only occupation for which we have not developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we only rely on ‘naturals’ the ones who somehow know how to teach. There is no recipe to be a good teacher , that’s what is unique about them.

Along with knowledge and skills a good teacher’s attitude towards her students, subject and work are equally important .A classroom is a microcosm of a greater society and a good teacher makes efforts to impart knowledge that will help students succeed outside of school. Teaching is tough work that requires plenty of diligence, long hours and ongoing education .A teacher is at the heart of the educational system. Anyone who remembers his own education remembers his teachers not the method or techniques.

In today’s times children are glued to their devices preferring to immerse themselves in a make believe world rather than the real one. These are bubbles that a good teacher needs to burst in the correct way and at the right time without undermining the importance of fast growing technology. The teacher empowers the students to learn to deal with failure in their pursuit for success and strengths that helps in building a balanced personality.

An effective and good teacher leaves his personal baggage outside the school doors and shifts gears to face the multiple challenges he/she faces. To be able to do this the teacher has to be sensitive, fair, consistent in his behaviour , flexible and possess a calm demeanour while dealing with students ,his colleagues and parents. A good teacher must be a good and patient listener ,thus creating a welcoming learning environment.  The hallmark traits of a great teacher are to be compassionate, humorous, confident while exhibiting leadership qualities.

‘’Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and future of an individual’’.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Written by

Punam Mehrotra

B.A, B.ed Lucknow University

Former Head of Department English, St. Anthony’s Sr. Sec School


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