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What is a teacher?

Professional Teacher ~ is the licensed professional who possesses dignity and reputation with high moral values as well as technical and professional competence. A teacher or schoolteacher is a person who provides education for pupils (children) and students (adults). In education, teachers facilitate student learning, often in a school or academy or perhaps in another environment such as outdoors. Professional Attributes Sense of efficacy - affect change or learning Subject matter knowledge - expertise in what he teaches Pedagogical knowledge - Greek word (paidagogeo) paidos means "child (g) means "lead literally means "to lead the child how he teaches. Personal Attributes Personality Is the sum of ones personal characteristics. It is ones identity. Teachers personality must be natural and genuine, that is devoid of pretences and artificiality. The personality they project determines the impressions they make upon students and colleagues. Through; their poise, bearing and manner of dressing, their facial expression. Personalities maybe described as; Authoritative Weak Dynamic or magnetic Outstanding personal qualities Passion - is a compelling force that emerges from ones inborn love for children. Humour - stands for anything funny, which elicits a smile, laughter or amusing reaction.

Values and attitude - values connote standards, codes of ethics and strong beliefs. Types Open-mindedness Fairness and impartiality Sincerity and honesty Professionalism Patience - refers to teachers uncomplaining nature, self-control and persistence. Enthusiasm - synonymous to eagerness and excitement. It is a gift, contagious and can instantly affect childrens mood and attitudes. Roles and resposibilities Towards Themselves To be a teacher out of choice, and not by default. To acquire relevant professional education and training to get the right concepts of teaching. Honesty and sincerity towards the profession. Accept that being a teacher does not make you a 'know-it-all'; so it's important to become a partner in the learning cycle with the students. Accept that no two students will think, act and react alike, and respect that diversity. Upgrade knowledge and learn new ways of teaching. Avoid indulging in unethical behavior, and at all times maintain the dignity of a teacherstudent relationship.

Towards Students Inculcate model behaviour and mannerisms by self example. Prepare long-term teaching programs and daily lessons in accordance with the guidelines of the school's education system. Provide activities and materials that engage and challenge the students intellectually. Understand and implement the use of information technology in lesson preparation and teaching. Shift between formal and informal methods of teaching, like debates, discussions, practical activities, experiments, projects and excursions. Plan, set and evaluate grade test, exams and assignments. Supervise student conduct during class, lunchtime and other breaks.

Understand the diverse background students come from, their strengths, weaknesses and areas of interest. Be honest in student appraisal and avoid favouritism. Enforce discipline by firmly setting classroom rules. Resolve conflict among students by encouraging positive debate.

Be ready to adjust teaching styles to meet individual needs of students.


Towards Parents Keep parents well-informed about their ward's progress. Take time out to discuss an issue, or a problematic behavior. Encourage parents to promote various diverse interests of their children. Inform parents about after-school activities like excursions, meetings, as well as detention. Keep the parent feedback journal updated. Encourage parent participation in parent-teacher meets. Finally, work with parents for the betterment of their child's future.

Towards Management Actively involves in staff meetings, educational conferences, and school programs. Voluntarily participate in organizing sporting events, and other excursions like camping trips, picnics, educational tours, etc. Maintain a healthy relationship with all teaching and non-teaching staff members. Help out in formulating school policies. Carry out administrative duties relevant to your position in the school.

A great teacher is Energetic Talented Ambitious Cheerful Humane Eloquent Resourceful