“There are plenty of fine teachers in the world – and some not-so-fine ones, too.”
–The Musician’s Way, p. 293
Effective teachers are leaders.
Whether you’re seeking a teacher or want to improve your teaching skills, gaining insight into the nature of leadership will support your goals.
Author Warren Bennis, in Learning to Lead, pinpoints four qualities that people should look for in leaders: purpose, trust, optimism, results.
Here are ways in which successful teachers manifest those four qualities.
Four Attributes of Effective Teachers
Accomplished teachers are purposeful; they convey clear learning outcomes and build shared meaning with their students.
Effective educators engender trust because they model high standards, organized thinking, and articulate speech.
They have can-do attitudes that inspire students to surmount obstacles.
Most importantly, capable teachers get results – their students succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
“Effective educators engender trust because they model high standards, organized thinking, and articulate speech.”
To conclude, I’ll add that capable teachers additionally commit to lifelong learning. They update their curricula with proven methodologies and help students stay relevant in their fields so that those who strive for professional success are equipped with up-to-date skills.
© 2017 Gerald Klickstein
Adapted from p. 293-294 of The Musician’s Way
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