Who is a good teacher?
Who is a good teacher? It’s not easy to define because it depends on people’s point of view. Some people might think that a teacher who is highly knowledgeable in his subject matter is a good teacher. Others might think that a teacher who has a great teaching skill such as the ability to explain and describe things clearly is a good one. However, according to my experience, a good teacher should have these three qualities: passion, a good listener, and a sense of humor.
Having passion for teaching is very important. If teachers don’t love teaching, students will easily notice this and they can not enjoy their class. Without passion for teaching, teachers can’t devote themselves to teaching. Good teachers should be good models in every way. I know a good teacher who had a significant influence on my life. He taught us with great enthusiasm and his passion motivated students to learn. He made us look forward to his class.
In addition to passion, good teachers should be good listeners with a more sensitive and open mind. To listen carefully with an open mind means to show their affection toward every student, and also means that they don’t have a prejudice against their students. If teachers want to know about students’ thoughts and problems, they should make themselves available whenever students want to talk with them. Every student may want to be a special student to their teacher. They don’t want to remain nameless. Therefore, good teachers should try to memorize students’ names and try to get to know them individually. The honorable teacher who taught me showed a great affection to every student. He didn’t discriminate against his students. He treated us equally, and showed his attention and affection to each student. He devoted his time to every student.
The last quality good teachers should have is a sense of humor. Good teachers should always try to make their classes fun and interesting. Even if a class is very useful, if teachers make students sleep or feel bored, it’s of no use. My teacher always told us that everything had two sides like coins, so we should try to look on the bright side when we’re in trouble. Because of his positive thinking and his sense of humor, we always had a fun time in his class. He knew how to make his class interesting. He made us smile and laugh during his class.
In conclusion, to be a good teacher is not easy, but if teachers try to teach their students with passion, listen to their students carefully with great affection , and make their classes interesting, they can be good teachers. It is said that knowing is one thing and teaching is another. Even if teachers know everything about their subject matter, not all teachers can be good teachers. However, if you recognize your important role as a teacher and try to do your best like the teacher I mentioned above, you can be a better teacher who has a significant influence on your students’ life. (516)