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Attributes of a good teacher

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´╗┐Education does not have a single purpose, and likewise, a ?good? teacher does not have a single attribute. The attributes of an effective teacher are varying depending on whom you ask the question. There has however been a list drawn up after speaking to a broad range of people; parents, school children, teachers, stating what I believe are some of the main attributes: ?be reflective with creative and critical thinking skills?, ?committed to the learning and development of each child?, ?have a passion for learning and deep understanding of and enthusiasm for their subject?, and ?be keen to participate in their own personal learning and development? (Donaldson, G. 2010). I also believe that it is essential that a teacher is firstly able to ?plan and deliver a lesson which flows smoothly and holds pupils' attention?, (HMSO. 1989) is knowledgeable and aware of discipline, and how to act and react appropriately before entering a classroom, and also plans or prompts questioning and talking often. These attributes are interlinked in promoting the goals of the Four Capacities of Curriculum for Excellence (Scottish Government) I believe that a teacher must have all of these qualities in a modern day primary classroom, where change and a broad range of subject area are prevalent in order to be effectual and for each individual child to reach their full potential. Being reflective, with creative and critical thinking skills is closely linked to being keen to participate in your own learning and development. ...read more.

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1993) Discipline is probably one of the most nerve wracking areas for teachers, no one wants to be hated, but of course no one wants to be too friendly and lose respect in the classroom. For these reasons, I think it is one of the fundamental attributes that a teacher must possess, and think that although a lot of how you will act and react will be a natural tendency, it is a skill that must be honed, studied and learnt. Bill Rogers sums up the traits that a teacher must acquire in order to have a happy classroom and maintain discipline: ?The teacher appears to be self-confident, patient and good-humoured?, ?The teachers explanations and instructions are clear and pitched at a level likely to ?connect??, ?The teacher is aware that his or her characteristic voice and actions can significantly facilitate students? attention, interest, motivation and cooperation.?, ?the teacher makes a conscious and willing effort to encourage students in their effort and progress and gives thoughtful praise and encouragement?.(Rogers, W.A. 2002. P75-77) To sum this up, I believe that a teacher must have the ?ability to relate to young people, encourage them in good behaviour and learning, and to deal calmly but firmly with inappropriate or disruptive behaviour? (HMSO. 1989). Having clear guidelines and positive discipline procedures enable children to have self-respect, to know their boundaries, develop informed opinions, and make reasoned evaluations. They know what is expected of them, and know what the consequences will be if they do not act appropriately. ...read more.

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It is not only important that the teacher knows exactly what is going to happen in the lesson and what will be learnt, but also the children; ?Teachers need to separate the task instructions clearly from the learning intention and success criteria, or children can begin their work without knowing clearly the difference between what you want them to do and what you want them to learn?. (Clarke. S 2001:21) If a teacher is prepared and the children know exactly what the task is and what they will be learning it enable there to be the best environment for successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. (Scottish Government) It is easy to understand that there are many facets to an effective teacher and that for different people these will differ. It is also clear that there are some qualities that are essential for a teacher to possess, of which I have discussed. Teachers must, firstly and foremost, be child focussed. Their job role is, essentially, to prepare children to become confident, well-rounded, employable people, and by harnessing the aforementioned qualities, will enable them to do this. I also feel it is important for teachers themselves to be confident and well-rounded, as they are leading by example and children and so very impressionable at the primary stages. The four capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence have opened up a whole new way of learning and development for children, that can only be a positive change for both now and the future, and it is our job as teachers to provide children with the correct tools to do so. ...read more.

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