In fourth grade I met my favorite school teacher, Mrs. Robinson. As students, we had looked forward to being in her class, having heard for years that she was “the best teacher ever!” I think she made each one of us feel that we were the “teacher’s pet.”
- Love for children. This should be a given, but if you’re going to teach children, you should enjoy being around them. They have a unique view on life, and you never know what they’re going to ask or say! As a parent, I am forever grateful for those teachers who truly love my child.
- A ready smile. Don’t we all feel more welcomed when we’re around someone who’s smiling? A teacher who greets his/her students with a smile gives the message that they’re happy to see them and are looking forward to spending time with them.
- Flexibility. Things will not go according to plan every day. There will be last-minute schedule changes, a student will get sick in class, or the smoke detectors will go off in the middle of a test. A good teacher adapts to the inevitable and makes the best of a situation. A sense of humor comes in handy, too!
- Self-control. It’s needed most on those days mentioned above – and sometimes when dealing with parents more so than with the children!
- Firmness. One way to express love is by setting boundaries, expecting children to follow them, and instituting fair consequences when needed.
- Creativity. I’m not creative in the arts and crafts type of way, but I’ve seen many teachers who are. Thankfully there are scores of resources to help those of us who need some help in this area!
- Passion for learning. When my daughters and I do our summer learning program, I enjoy gathering new information right alongside them. When a teacher is excited about a subject, her students will be as well.
- A respect for each individual. Not every child will make A’s; some will be shy, others will lack motivation. A good teacher recognizes the student’s strengths, seeks to improve his weak areas, and helps him gain self-esteem in the process.
Who was your favorite teacher? What quality made him or her a great educator?
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