My 14 year old daughter has decided she’d like to be a teacher. Her Year 6 teacher made her convinced of this. Not because the teacher said anything. Oh no. It’s because of who the teacher is. What she is.
So now … Dear 14 year old has a question. “What makes a good teacher?”
And my answer to her is simple. “Effective teachers are not made. They are born. Teachers who love teaching are teachers in their hearts, in their souls. ” She takes some time to ponder this and then her response impresses me.
“You’re right. I can name the ones who inspire the kids. We can feel that they love teaching. And you know… My brother thinks his teacher this year is awesome. He’s never spoken about what the teacher says, what she does, how she makes him think before. She is a born teacher.”
What are the qualities that make children feel this way?
What makes these teachers love teaching, learning?
How does one explain “what makes a good teacher?”
What happens to the ones who don’t get to schools?