Does your child ever come home and share with you stories about their favorite teacher? Have they thrived in a class where the teacher was making an impact, even on a challenging subject where in the past your child struggled? What is it about one teacher that distinguishes them from the rest? What makes that teacher a masterful educator?
There could be many answers to this question. Let’s consider the following top 3 qualities that are sure to be found in an excellent teacher:
1) Ability to Uncover the Child’s God-Given Love for Learning
Mentor, leader, advisor, consultant, coach, and friend are just a few words we can use to describe the role that a teacher plays in guiding the pathway and footsteps of a child’s life. Great teachers are an inspiration to students, helping to uncover their God-given love for learning through creative, fun, and clever teaching strategies.
Outstanding teachers recognize that children’s brains are like sponges, soaking up knowledge from the world around them. These teachers master the understanding of capturing moments when they can pour into the students’ lives at a young age.
2) Knowing how to Motivate a Child Toward Success
Gifted teachers understand the heart of a child; they recognize what motivates children to fall in love with learning. Masterful educators have a true grasp of the correlation between student motivation and success.
When children work hard and put their best foot forward, they accomplish learning outcomes that allow them to experience success in the classroom. From that victorious momentum, the students are driven to continue to make strides toward reaching their next goals and master objectives in school and in life.
3) Compassion is a Must
Compassion runs deep through the veins of a great educator, and it’s inevitable that when their students struggle, the teacher struggles alongside them. This strengthens the bond between the teacher and the student, built on understanding, respect and love, and compassion is even more important when it comes to reaching the harder to reach.
The heart of an excellent teacher can be summed up in one sentence: A masterful educator is one who pours compassion, respect, and love into students, recognizing ways in which to motivate and inspire children, in order for them to experience daily success on an individual level.
When students love and respect their teacher and are held to high expectations, they are committed and give one-hundred percent. Teachers with excellence possess positive energy, a fun-loving attitude, and a silly sense of humor. Life is fun for them and they definitely don’t take themselves too seriously. Life is too short for that!