The qualities of a good teacher which are essential to the success of teachers as the linchpin in imparting knowledge are non-negotiable.
Qualities of a good teacher: Where does it come from?
Through training and schooling, educators get to know these qualities and their importance to their career and the learners they come into contact with.
However, making these qualities part of your profession, professional life and a daily routine in the classroom requires sacrifice, effort, practice and the desire to perfect your self worth as a teacher.
Research has shown that learners, pupils or students stakeholders in the teaching and learning business that goes on in classrooms and they are better positioned to disclose which teacher(s) in their school is the best.
Qualities that every teacher must possess to qualify as an excellent teacher.
In this article, we discuss Good Class Control and Management and Good Teacher Character
1. Good Class Control and Management
The teacher’s key work environment is the classroom, followed by all other sectors within the school environment.
Class control encompasses all the rules, processes and steps taken by the teacher to help manage the class environment. It includes learners and the learning period effectiveness.
It requires the teacher to model ideal behaviour, lead students to set class rules and guidelines, encouraging learner initiatives towards a disciplined and ready to learn attitudes.
Offering praise to others for good work done or good behaviour can spark the desire of others to also receive the same hence help in managing and dealing with unacceptable behaviours from others.
This also encompasses not raising your voice to gain students’ attention. Good teachers only speak when students are quiet and ready.
Teachers in this category put in place simple creative approaches to draw the attention of learners during lessons.
Using non-verbal gestures responsibly can help learners and your self.
For instance, when there is noise on one side of the class, it is wrong to use abusive words to get the learner act as required.
You could say “Come on, stop talking,” and “Hey guys, be quiet.” in a way that gets the class back on track.
Sometimes, amid class noise, the teacher could start awarding marks on the chalkboard for roles in the class that are comporting themselves.
Keeping this on the board for the week can help students put up acceptable behaviour.
Again students are disturbed in the class can be made to sit close to the teacher to help restrict them from making the class unmanageable.
Another way to manage and control your class is to have well-planned and engaging lessons and introduce relevant individual and group activities.
This helps mute unnecessary class disturbance and helps you deliver lessons to your learners.
2. Good Teacher Characters
We cannot fully discuss the qualities of a good teacher without mention of the good character of teachers.
The teaching profession demands teachers to demonstrate very high ethical and professional conduct.
We must extend these moral characters to head teachers, colleague teachers, learners, and other stakeholders.
To do this, the teacher must master self-leadership.
Self Leadership refers to how the teacher leads and lives his own life.
How he/she identifies with acceptable behaviours that bring respect and dignity to his or her person.
It helps radiate and attract respect and value from others.
Once a teacher can lead him/her self and have personal rules. It should guide him or her morally, ethically and professionally.
These qualities of outstanding teachers build good value systems.
This can be mirrored towards others from the leaner to other educational stakeholders.
A teacher’s good character reflects in his or her work.
It shows up with parents, colleagues and the leadership of the school.
In fact, learners can tell which teacher is of good behaviour easily than colleague teachers.
Samples of Decisions and Characters
The Ghana Education Service Code of Conduct for teachers lays emphasis on unacceptable behaviours and the professional conducts expected of its staff.
Refusing to teach your class because the learners’ misbehaved is also a bad character.
It is synonymous with refusing to take responsibility and putting the class back on track.
Teachers who fail to properly prepare for lessons and or yell at the learners with every given opportunity need to access their classroom management behaviours.
The qualities of a good teacher are requisites of the profession.
For some educators, bad behaviour they battle with is a communication deficiency that surfaces when interacting with parents, colleagues and even learners.
Poor communication habits can make colleagues or parents pass comments such as “This teacher does not know how to talk to people”.
Such statements are red lights and call for teachers to re-examine their communication skills among others.
Teachers who physically and sexually abuse their learners soon lose their respect among learners.
Again, those who come to school tipsy or with hangovers also loose self-respect and self-worth among peers.
Also, negative acts that go contrary to the code of conduct of teachers can devalue the good character and professional competences of educators.
One mistake, one feature in the media and your life takes a quick deep down the drain.
Finally, good teacher characters and classroom control and management strategies help teachers perform their professional duties as they equip them to work. A conscious effort to put practice these helps the chalk fraternity.
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