Effective Teacher

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Effectiveness is very important trait in all subject areas. Researches define effectiveness in terms of student achievement. Cruickshank and Haefele (2001) noted that good teachers at various times have been called ideal, analytical, dutiful, competent, effective, satisfying, responsive and respected. Effective teachers do have an extraordinary and lasting impact on the lives of the students. As a student and prospective teacher I believe that a good and effective social studies teacher possesses essential qualities such as; command over subject area, strong control over classroom, a positive attitude and being a good evaluator. “Having command over the subject area does not mean the teacher should be an authoritarian to his/her students”.…show more content…
A positive attitude is key to maintaining a positive classroom environment with a positive attitude the teacher can achieve many goals. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. A positive attitude towards teaching as a profession has been recognized as an important characteristic of an effective teacher. Samantaray (1971) researches on teacher effectiveness have established the fact that teachers attitude and teachers effectiveness are positively related. Examples of these attitudes include wanting to teach and “doing it from the heart” enjoying the work, being dedicated to the job and to the children. Positive attitudes towards teaching and one’s own performance can in my view significantly contribute to classroom success; there is also the positive interpersonal relationship which is necessary to foster a connection between the teacher and students. Participating in student activities, enjoy being with them, caring for them, being interested in them and trusting them displays a positive attitude. Hence the fact that research has shown that “Success in the classroom is mapped to positive behaviours.” Samantaray (1971). Implementing the classroom agreements of mutual respect, appreciation, “no put downs”, attentive listening and the right to be successful establishes a positive…show more content…
Therefore a good and effective teacher’s evaluation process should be potent in order to promote, repeat and place students in various learning stages. In evaluating the students the teacher collects, analyze and produces judgments. Based on the results the teacher then decides on actions that must be taken into consideration, including changes in aims or goals. It is the source of data on which the teacher will base his/her judgments about improvements and “fine tuning” to be made. The habit of evaluating over time will help the teacher develop a well-founded professional expertise because of the way in which they test out and check what they did, and as a result they can be more accurately informed about what works and what does not. The teacher will be constructing a repertoire of teaching approaches and techniques which will be in the student’s best interest. Evaluation is vital because it’s based on the teacher success in the classroom. It is this role that allows the teacher to discover the worth of their work. Teachers must find the value in what they do. Teaching, like learning, always ends with a question. When teachers have completed a lesson, they ask what worked and why. This evaluation is a subjective process. “Evaluation attempts to find the value in what was previously taught. It is a process that must take into account many factors.
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