What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than all those. Which leads to the main QUESTION.
What lies in the heart of a great teacher??
A great teacher shows kindness to students, colleagues, parents and those around her/him. Kindness makes the world go around. It truly changes the environment in the classroom and school. Being a kind teacher helps students feel welcomed and loved. Teaching is a very humanistic profession, and compassion is the utmost feeling of understanding, and showing others you are concerned about them. A compassionate teacher models that characteristic to the students with her/his actions, and as a result, students will be more open to understanding the world around them.
However, empathy is such an important trait to have and to try to develop in ourselves and our students. Being able to put yourself in someone’s shoes and see things from their perspective can have such a powerful impact on our decisions and actions. Being a positive person, is not an easy task. Being a positive teacher is even harder when we are always met with problems with very limited solutions. However, staying positive when it’s tough can have such a tremendous positive impact on the students and everyone around us. A great teacher bridges gaps and builds relationships, friendships, and a community. Teachers always look to make things better and improve things in and outside of the classroom. Building a community is something a great teacher seeks to do in the classroom and extends that to the entire school and its community.
Moreover, everyone looks at a great teacher and they want to be a better teacher, they want to be a better student, they want to be a better person. A great teacher uncovers hidden treasures, possibilities and magic right before everyone’s eyes. What a hidden specialty they have got.