What Makes a Good Teacher?

Posted: July 6, 2015 in Sports and Education
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Good teaching is not so much about the three R’s as it is about motivating students to want to learn, and teaching them how to learn. And motivating students is mostly about bringing great passion to the job in a way that is meaningful to the lives of young people.

Education should never end just because you’ve earned a degree and are out working in the world. Everyone leads busy lives, but there is always room for improving yourself. And it’s up to the nation’s teachers to impart that message to their students. To be truly effective, teachers must stay on top of developments in their field of expertise. But knowledge in and of itself is never enough. Good teaching is also about bridging the gap between learning, and putting knowledge to good use.

In a classroom setting, good teaching is also about listening to your students and being responsive to them. It means engaging those students who need an incentive, and in those students who show promise, it means pushing them to be their very best. With all students, it’s about being human and showing respect for everyone, while being professional at all times.

Debra Purcell-Regis spent twenty-five years teaching high school students in Old Brookville, New York. She says that at the end of the day, good teaching means having fun and motivating all students to do their best. She says that she never had a school year where there wasn’t a student in the back row who kept quiet and needed to be drawn out, and some of her most gratifying experiences was connecting with such students on a human level and being a positive influence on them.

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