It is essential that teachers know and understand this and know how to properly support their students. A socially just teachers needs to know what each individual student needs in order to succeed and do everything in their power to help them get there. Teachers need to be an advocate for their students and create an environment that is safe for them to be themselves and succeed. A highly effective teacher is someone who is great at teaching concepts from a textbook, but, more importantly, can teach life lessons. Teachers have the ability to change lives.
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Teachers must make good judgments when it comes to instructional methods and curricula, so it is important for administrators to employ educators who have good habits of character and try to develop others through professional development. To maximize learning, an educator needs to understand each individual as much as possible. Today with increasing diversity in the classroom, teaching can be a very complex activity. Not only must educators recognize and respond to each student’s educational needs, but also understand the cultural and family values. Diversity can be enriching and be responsible for making students flourish.
Rather than emphasizing on maintaining discipline in a classroom, classroom management would be more appropriate for an effective teacher. Discipline has two significant limitations such that discipline highlights the individual rather than the classroom and secondly it connotes negative behavior (352). Whereas classroom management is broadly defined as “all of those positive behaviors and decisions a teacher makes to facilitate the learning process of their students” also reiterating all of those “activities necessary to create and maintain an orderly learning environment” (352). The reason why creating an effective classroom management plan is essential is to create a positive and productive learning environment, be able to work and communicate with the students, “reduce the incidents of misbehavior” while maintaining student interest, motivation, and involvement. Everyone classroom is diverse since not one person is the same.
Knowing your content also allows you to teach it in different ways to assist the needs of students learning styles. Classroom management is also a very important characteristic of an effective teacher. If you do not have good classroom management skills, knowing your content will mean nothing. This skill allows you to provide structure for your students and ensure that your time to display your content knowledge is used wisely. Having high expectation for your students is a must in the classroom.
The higher the level, the harder students have to work to achieve them. Goals should not be unrealistic, however, because if students feel they are unattainable they won't make an effort. The role of a teacher should be that of instructor, mentor, coach, nurturer and leader. Teachers should be observers and learners. They should continually be striving to learn and develop their own skills in order to bring quality education into the classroom.
Students must have faith in their teachers and the education which they are receiving. Students, parents and teachers are the key elements in a model education. A good relationship among the three parties is essential to a good education. Parents are an important ingredient to the perfect education. Parents who aren't involved in their children's education only impede the efforts made by teachers and students to create a good education.
If a good classroom environment is set up, I believe students can learn effectively without feeling restricted. Although students can be unpredictable and not all strategies are proven to work, the efforts made towards creating this environment are what produce a difference. In order to have a well-managed classroom it is essential to be an effective teacher. There are a variety of characteristics associated with being an effective teacher, and I believe some of these characteristics must be developed in order to establish a well-managed classroom (Wong). Organization is one characteristic that is key to giving your students a clear understanding of what is going to be expected of them for the day.
One of, if not the main factor in education reform is the teachers. They are the foundation for a child's development, and the are the filter through which the child must learn. A single teacher should not be allowed the right to single handedly hinder a young person's education, as the material taught and the lessons learned should transcend the people teaching these lessons. The seemingly obvious way to eliminate differences between teachers would be homogenous teacher training. However, the fact must be understood that while most teachers wil... ... middle of paper ... ...ucation.
7). In order to obtain academic achievement learning needs to be challenging, yet exciting. The teacher needs to be able to facilitate the learning process for different cultural and linguistic groups. Teachers also need to understand and teach students that learning does not occur in a box and that there is a world outside of the classroom. In order for a teacher to be effective they need to have knowledge of the three dimensions and teach in a culturally sensitive matter.