Author: Bhushan Manchanda
Here I have focused on the four essential qualities that distinguish exceptional teachers:
- Communication skills,
- Interest, and
- Respect for students.
What you will get if you combine all of the responses is a fascinating collage of ideas. I have found that most of the responses fall into two specific categories:
1) a set of “core qualities” that students recognize in good teachers, and
2) a set of “specific skills” that are developed by good teachers.
“Core qualities” are the essential characteristics needed to be a good teacher. I would like to concentrate on these core qualities in this article as under.
The second core quality that good teachers possess is the ability to communicate their knowledge and expertise to their students. You may be the greatest expert ever in your field, but what would happen if you lectured in a style and language the students are not able to comprehend clearly? How much would your students learn?
A good teacher can take a subject and help make it crystal clear to the students. A bad teacher can take that same material and make it impenetrable. Or a bad teacher can devote so little time and effort to preparation that the material presented is intrinsically confusing and disorganized. A good teacher is willing to expend the effort needed to find innovative and creative ways to make complicated ideas understandable to their students, and to fit new ideas into the context available to the student. A good teacher can explain complicated material in a way that students can understand and use.
There is a saying, “Give me a fish and I eat for a day, teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” This is the philosophy of a good teacher. Give your students an answer and they can solve one problem, but show students the techniques needed to find the answer for themselves and they can become self-sufficient in the field. Students need to be shown how to apply the new techniques you teach to problem solving.
Good teachers recognise this, and work hard to make their material relevant. They show students how the material will apply to their lives and their careers. Bad teachers make material “relevant” by threatening students with failure on a test. Good teachers go far beyond this: they make students want to learn the material by making it interesting.
This is one of the things that makes industry and business examples so important and vital to learning in a business school or college.Industry interface and practical real life examples make the ideas discussed in class exciting and important to the teacher, as well as to the students. If the teacher isn’t interested in what’s being taught, then why should the students be?
The creation of a good class requires an immense amount of work. You don’t simply come up with clear explanations,industry cases and examples and experiments for the class off the top of your head. You don’t create fair, consistent, high quality tests,questionaires and homework assignments (read “learning experiences”) five minutes before you hand them out. You don’t figure out ways to integrate new materials and research into a class in an understandable way on your way to your college or institute in the morning. You work at this sort of quality all the time. You spend time with your students so you can learn about holes in their understanding. You read and write and create to build an exciting and interesting class every day. The only thing that would drive you to do that is a concern and respect for the students in your classroom.
When you strive and work to become a good teacher and to create a good class, the four core qualities are essential: knowledge, the skills to convey that knowledge, the ability to make the material you are teaching interesting and relevant, and a deep-seated respect for the students.Without these four core qualities, good teaching will just not exist and take place.
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