To me teaching is one of the most important jobs in the world. To make a difference in a child’s life is a huge privilege. There are many key attributes to being an effective teacher but for me some of the key attributes are effective communication and establishing good relationships, guide children’s behaviour, setting up a good environment for learning and being well organised. They are many other factors that also need to be considered not to become just a good teacher but a great teacher.
Effective communication is one key element to being an efficient teacher. Communication can be verbal or non-verbal. Communication not only between your students but also the parents, your colleagues, and the community. It’s fair to say we communicate in our everyday lives, so it makes sense we use the same principles in teaching; to establish good relationships and trust.
If we are more engaged in our students’ home lives and interests, we are going to understand and achieve great relationships. Having an understanding of their background, the children’s strengths and weaknesses, is going to establish a better relationship with them. If we show children that we care about the person they are, they are going to respect and trust us. Effective communication between families and educators takes time, effort and energy (Arthur, Beecher, Death, Dockett, & Farmer, 2008, p 49).
Not only do we need to develop good communication by directly interacting with parents but also keeping them actively involved. Either inviting them to stay and play with their child; holding parent/teacher evenings, placing information on noticeboards, sending information home with student via newsletter or with child, inviting parents to assembly outings etc. Thi...
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