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What makes a great teacher?

I have had my share of good and bad teachers. Some more than others brought a new perceptive to my academic career. However is it not just the teacher but also the student that affects how much he gets out from the class as well.
What do you believe?

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    Sep 16 2011: Thank you!!! :o)
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    Sep 14 2011: not one who knows the most but who gives the most others knowledge
  • Sep 14 2011: It's an interesting question and great to read some of your views on it. I'd agree passion is extremely important. The University of Warwick recently made 3 short videos attempting to answer this questions from the prespective of different age ranges. Worth a watch! http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/knowledge/themes/01/effective_teacher
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    Sep 14 2011: Mastery of their subject, insatiable curiosity, the ability to see that subject through the eyes of a new learner, excellent communication skill, compassion, emotional perception, patience, organizational skill, and the courage to fight for their students' educational freedom to learn no matter who or what else gets in the way.
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    Sep 14 2011: A great teacher is passionate about their subject and about sharing their knowledge. They are also life-long learners who provide a positive classroom environment for their diverse student population.
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      Sep 14 2011: I can't agree with you more. :) That's what I think too! Are you a teacher by any chance?
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        Sep 15 2011: Yes, I am! And I hope to never lose the desire to learn and to share my passion for teaching languages! I also hope to help reform the way the United States teaches World Language...would love to see it start nationwide in Kindergarten!
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          Sep 16 2011: Nice. :) I hope that you'll be able to achieve your goal ! Sounds like a great idea.
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    Sep 13 2011: Sometimes a teacher cares more about his students than his job requires him to. My last high school maths teacher spent extra time with us, sometimes with a few individuals. He was the best teacher I have ever had.
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    Sep 14 2011: I think we are looking at the question in the wrong perspective. There are a few things to be considered:

    1. What is the payment of the teacher?
    2. Have the students got respect for the school as an institution?
    3. Are the teachers paid for the extra time they invest in research and preparing for their classes?
    4. How complicated is the paperwork given to the teacher to be executed?

    If the answer is NO to all these questions (even to a few of them) finally you get teachers who are not motivated at the end of the day no matter how passionate they were about their job as a starter. I personally am a teacher of English in Bulgaria and I have to tell you that I'm lucky enough to be practising this in a private school but not all my colleagues are. I believe that you may not know much about the educational system in my country but I can tell you this much: it will destroy the strongest wishful thinking and enthusiasm that one may have as a practitioner in a public school.

    Anyway not to get too lost in the topic I daresay that a great teacher is one which:
    CHALLENGES
    MOTIVATES
    THINKS OUT OF THE BOX
    EXPANDS HORIZONS
    LEARNS ALL THEIR LIFE
    MAKES LEARNING FUN!
    • Sep 14 2011: motivation is the most important factor in teaching
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    Sep 13 2011: Well if you just look at it as communication then there is always responsibility on both parts. The students job is two part; 1. Interest 2. Effort the teachers is also two part 1. Knowledge 2. Delivery.

    Both parties must be great at both of their parts or at least good for effective learning. It is that simple in theory but very difficult to master with other obstacles. It takes a lot of practice and letting go of assumptions to get good at all of those things.