Mark van Doren, an American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer, once said that “the art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” True enough, every teacher is ought to be a nurturer of ideas. Each must be brave enough to accept even the silliest, most unusual thoughts of their students. Who knows, maybe that seemingly absurd thinker is the next Einstein or Newton.
It is necessary to recognize good nurturers from bad ones, nonetheless. Teachers possess certain traits that allow them to stand out. This is also equally true with tutors. The qualities that separate effective teachers and tutors from ineffective ones are the following:
Teachers and tutors must be creative. They are not bound by conventional teaching approaches. Instead, they are ready to practice untraditional teaching methods when necessary.
An effective teacher is marked by his determination to excel not only in his field of specialization, but also in the field where he struggles most. It is not necessary for him to be always right. He welcomes oppositions too as long as the topic or subject matter calls for an insightful debate.
A Lifelong Learner
A good teacher acknowledges the fact that not all lessons in life can be taught. Experiences often serve more effective in teaching life lessons. An effective teacher therefore is not afraid to fail for he knows that with failure comes learning and with learning, understanding flows. After all, failure can enrich wisdom and nurture personal development once handled well.
A Great Moderator
A good teacher is kind yet authoritative, conscientious yet always ready to listen. He is patient and determined to bring out not only the best in him but also the best in his every student. He is quick to reply, but slow to judge.
Great teachers don’t merely tell; they explain. They do not only demonstrate, but they inspire as well.
Others might say that hiring personal teachers is costly, but bad teachers cost more. It is thus important to choose teachers and tutors who are ready to give more than what the students are bargaining for.
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