Observation of teachers over a good many years indicated that the personality of teachers is key factor in success or otherwise. Traits and skills which students appear to value are indicated below . how do you measure against the ideal teacher?

The Ideal Teacher :
·         Is expert in own subjects
·         Is expert in teaching role,well organized,well prepared
·         Is confident,open to suggestions,other viewpoints,
·         Is flexible and approachable
·         Is interested in individual students , and spends time with them
·         Is consistent in the treatment of everyone
·         Is consistent in behavior – always fair,always even tempered
·         Is friendly ,with a sense of humour
·         Shares with students the teaching aims and objectives
·         Knows the students as individuals-their strengths and their weaknesses
·         Communicates well in a variety of modes including non-verbal
·         Leads well,with appropriate pace
·         Is flexible and willing to change the approach
·         Gives feedback within an appropriate timescale

Within the college
·         Start the dialogue
·         Greet the students in corridors etc
·         Do not ignore standards of speech,manner and dress
·         Enjoy relating to students

In the classroom
·         Arrive before the class and begin on time
·         Be prepared for the less interested class
·         Keep everyone occupied and interested
·         Extend and motivate all students
·         Mark all work promptly and constructively
·         Encourage student contributions
·         Keep the room clean and tidy
·         Maintain interesting display

Try to avoid
·         Humiliation
·         Shouting
·         Overreacting
·         Blanket punishment
·         Over punishment
·         Sarcasm

Try to
·         Use humour
·         Listen
·         Be positive and build relationship
·         Know your student as individuals
·         Be consistent

The seven habits are
1.      Be proactive
Principles of personal vision over teaching and learning
2.      Begin with the end in mind
Principles of personal leadership
3.      Put first things first
Principles of personal management
4.      Think win-win
Principles of interpersonal leadership
5.      Seek first of understand……then to be understood
Principles of empathic communication with students
6.      Synergize
Principles of creative cooperation
7.      Sharpen the saw
Principles of balanced self-renewl

We can use these seven principles to help guide our actions as we improve our ability to provide access, equity and success for our students.

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