“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry
We all have that one teacher who stood out in the course of our academic journey as a youth. If we’re lucky, we may even have a couple or a few who made an impact large enough to remember through adulthood. They stay imprinted on our minds because they connected with us on a deeper level than a textbook ever could. A good majority of a child’s youth is spent around teachers, and they can truly shape a childhood, spark a passion, or be that supportive adult figure in a scholar’s life. Each day, teachers around the world help the next generation to be inspired and overcome educational barriers to be the best version of themselves. At Texas Tutors, we look for these 3 qualities of a good teacher in each of our hires: enthusiasm, compassion, and adaptability.
One of the most important qualities of a good teacher is their enthusiasm. Have you ever sat through a class that had you glancing at the clock every ten seconds? It’s probably because the teacher was unengaged, bored, and droning on about a subject they don’t really care for – and letting it show. An unenthusiastic teacher does not foster a quality learning environment. On the other hand, the teacher who is excited about the material, the class, and teaching will make time fly. These are the teachers that grab your attention to keep you engaged and who inspire you to soak up all the knowledge you can before the bell rings.
But, it takes more than just enthusiasm to possess the qualities of a good teacher; one must also demonstrate compassion. Teachers who act with kindness and support gain the trust and respect of their students necessary for a conducive learning environment. This, in turn, leads to a more open and communicative classroom where a deeper bond can be formed. Students in these types of environments can ask questions and deepen their understanding without fear of judgment. With the compassion of a teacher present, students will blossom under their supportive and attentive guidance. Compassion also ties into another one of the key qualities of a good teacher: listening. Those who are compassionate toward their students are willing to listen to the scholars who are struggling.
Lastly, teachers need to be able to adapt to the needs of each student. Every scholar presents different challenges, varying learning styles, and a wide range of needs. By taking the time to understand each student’s traits, teachers can play to their strengths and build a more effective learning environment. This is a crucial element in the qualities of a good teacher because our services are largely used to help the scholars who are slipping through the cracks. Our hires need to be able to adapt to the needs of every child to provide a learning environment that best suits each of them. They are the safety net, and if they can’t change their teaching method to complement each student’s challenges, students falling behind will not be caught.
Texas Tutors is a premier tutoring service that offers educational support for grades K-12. We pride ourselves on our academic excellence, small group intervention, and quality communication that services every scholar in need. We thoroughly screen each of our hires to ensure they not only meet but exceed what we know to be the qualities of a good teacher. The proper credentials coupled with enthusiasm, compassion, and adaptability meets the needs of each child to provide them with the best education possible. Our tutors will keep all of your students on the path to success, contact us today to see how.