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Professor - Management, SRM University

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Who is a great teacher?

After going through different dimensions of teacher and learner; i am yet to find an answer to the following questions;
Who is an effective teacher?
Who is a great teacher?
What qualities make a great teacher?
How can we develop to be a great teacher?
What is the role of a teacher if everything is available in Wikipedia?
Why there is a need for a teacher?
We find teacher in non teachers like Buddha~ How do we explain?
Are we polishing pebbles and dimming diamonds in classrooms?
We find non teachers in class room who just take it up as another avocation to put bread on their table.
Please see Clifford Stoll's lecture ~ is it possible for us to do like that everyday?

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    Apr 14 2011: Among the minimal qualifications for a teacher would be comprehensive knowledge of the particular subject, and an ability to communicate on a level appropriate to student(s). There are fine teachers in classrooms today, as you note; but there are also some who don't approach these qualifications. There's a collective price to be paid for that oversight.

    One key need for a teacher is as a guide through the surfeit of information. But learning is about more than accumulating information -- it's about being able to do something useful with that information. An effective teacher leads students to discover and make connections, to analyze facts, and (where appropriate) to conduct experiments or make new observations. Great teachers help students develop critical-thinking skills.

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