1. An Engaging Personality and Teaching Style: A great teacher is very engaging and holds the attention of children in all discussions.
2. Clear Objectives for Lessons: A great teacher establishes clear objectives for each lesson and works to meet those specific objectives during each class.
3. Effective Discipline Skills: A great teacher has effective discipline skills and can promote positive behaviors and change in the classroom.
4. Good Classroom Management Skills: A great teacher has good classroom management skills and can ensure good child behavior, effective study and work habits and an overall sense of respect in the classroom.
5. Good Communication with Parents: A great teacher maintains open communication with parents and keeps them informed of what is going on in the classroom as far as curriculum, discipline, and other issues. They make themselves available for phone calls, meetings, and email.
6. High Expectations: A great teacher has high expectations of their children they teach and encourages everyone to always work at their best level.
7. Knowledge of Curriculum and Standards: A great teacher has thorough knowledge of the school’s curriculum and other standards they must uphold in the classroom. They ensure their teaching meets those standards.
8. Knowledge of Subject Matter: A great teacher has incredible knowledge of the subject matter they are teaching. They are prepared to answer questions and keep the material interesting for the children.
9. Passion for Children and Teaching: A great teacher is passionate about teaching and working with children. They are excited about influencing children’s lives and understand the impact they have.
10. Strong Rapport with Children: A great teacher develops a strong rapport with children and establishes trusting relationships.
Remember to work together as a team and not just doing your own thing everyday! Understand your duties and follow through! Get help when you feel burnt out at times, when you are frustrated, struggling and trying from the staff to figure out what to do with the children! It certainly would be easier for all staff to work together and help each other and be part of a “WE” team and not just an “I” doing it alone!
So as one child put it: “Why did the teacher write the lesson on the windows? He wanted the lesson to be very clear!”
Next week we will start a new series on interactions.