What is a good teacher?
How can you feel good about yourself when you see students pass by who do not say hello to us, worse who make remarks as we pass and from whom we come out affected, bruised? How to get out of this infernal spiral where there seems to be no way out?
Your level of love for what you do is instantly perceived by the students. That’s a fact. It is important to continue to practice, to open up to new practices to remain anchored in reality: art evolves very quickly. Our profession requires us to be passionate in order to exercise in a serene manner. But this passion can have various forms, various figures. There is no single model to follow when you are passionate: you live it, you pass it on.
A good educator must also love the subject he teaches. It is in this way that he will be able to transmit this love to his students.
A good teacher is a patient and vigilant teacher
These qualities will allow this know-how to be well integrated by the learners. Understanding skills differ from person to person. Concretely, some will quickly understand certain notions, but will perhaps find it difficult to assimilate Einstein’s theory of relativity.
It is essential that the teacher takes the time to explain things by adapting to the faculties of the learner (pace of learning, comprehension, retention of information, etc.).
A good teacher establishes a fair distance with the students
The right distance is this: neither buddy-buddy but empathetic, not too distant or overbearing.
You must be a reference, and therefore reflect many universes at the same time, but not be in a single universe.
A good teacher sets rules
The rules must be clear and at the level of the students. But don’t act like this writing solved everything by turning a blind eye to your audience. You have to be demanding and benevolent.
A good teacher responds in a welcoming and caring way
A student who asks a question, even out of place, makes an effort to follow the lesson. Never get rid of him by moving on or pretending you didn’t hear anything.
A good teacher stages his lessons
A well staged, poetic, creative sequence will avoid the dispersion of the class. Do not hesitate to embody the role of an actor. We are in representation in front of the students.
We need to energize our course, make it lively and attractive
A good teacher with humor
You remain human and your students are human, Let go and maintain a positive climate in your class. Complicity with your students will establish respect.
A good teacher knows how to appear knowledgeable with a language adapted to his audience.
It is necessary to adapt the content of his remarks to the level of the class. The knowledge that is the keystone of our “aura”, can very well be said in a language adapted to the pupils. We can very well philosophize in primary school.
A good teacher knows how to place his voice
We don’t necessarily use the right pitch for our voice. Sometimes we speak too high or too low. The more you shout, the higher the treble. It is quite possible to be respected without ever shouting. A student talks, laughs, clowns around: go up to him and try to find out why he prefers not to take the course. Above all, do not shout: it is an admission of weak authority.
A good teacher knows how to use his gaze
It is important to have a smiling and benevolent look. Knowing how to move from the general to the specific, not hesitating to change expression, the gaze is like the voice, it modulates with the eyebrows.
A good teacher practices adaptability and a positive attitude.
There are as many ways of teaching as there are student profiles. It is all these variations that make teaching interesting.
Thus, it is up to the teacher to adopt a teaching method best suited to the profile of the student to whom it is addressed.
For a student to invest in his learning, what better than to make him love it? Students should want to learn, come to their lessons with a smile knowing that they will find a friendly teacher with whom they will learn in a relaxed and positive atmosphere.
The role of the teacher is to support the student without bullying or belittling him, he must pull the student up with optimism in order to support him in his learning.
It is up to the teacher to adapt his speech according to the behavior, level and state of mind of his student at the time of the lesson by showing kindness .
A good teacher is clear and organized
Learning through unstructured lessons is like building a house without a plan. This is the best way for it to collapse at the first gust of wind.
The goal of pedagogy is to plan learning over time according to the progress of the student, his objective.
We are committed to progress in teaching, while respecting a certain amount of knowledge input, so as not to saturate the student and risk a loss of information. Hence the importance of knowing how to structure your speech and make it as simple as possible. The overflow of information can drown the student in useless questions and compromise his learning.