The best teacher is one who has enthusiasm about what he or she is teaching. This enthusiasm should rub off onto the students, making them feel excited about learning. A good teacher should be prepared every day in class in all aspects, so that he or she is in control of the entire classroom at all times. This is an impossible task, but is one for which one should strive. A teacher of excellence should have concern and truly care about the well being of all his students emotionally, physically and mentally. It is important for students to be able to feel that they are safe physically and emotionally in the class room. An effective teacher would make the students aware of the rules of the classroom in order to make the classroom a haven for the children and a comfortable place to learn.
I would try every day to bring a zest of life into my classroom. My emotions, posture, and my general attitude towards life will be a model for what the student’s attitude should be. So I will always try to put my best foot forward because the students will be observing me and will easily detect my attitude for that day, my love of my job, my love for the subject and my deep caring for them, the students.
It is important to strive to be prepared in the class in all aspects from content of the subject to that day’s lesson plan and that is what I plan to do. I think it is important for me to attend workshops so I can constantly be improving in my field and learn new ways to teach in order to be better prepared to be an effective teacher. I will devise lesson plans that are both fun and challenging to the students, keeping in mind the particular grade that I am teaching and the mental capabilities of its students.
I truly care about children. That is why I decided to be a teacher. I want to see them grow into responsible, well educated adults that contribute to society. I will make it completely evident to the students that I care about their success. I will take time out of my free time to help or support the students in any way I can. Sometimes when a child is low and feeling blue, a pat on the back, a smile, or an encouraging word from a teacher he or she respects can uplift his or her spirit. As a teacher, I will not just teach from out of the book in a monotone voice. I will not treat teaching as a job where I punch in, in the morning and punch out in the afternoon. I will treat the profession and the students in the same way, with deep respect and a strong conviction.
Teasing will not be tolerated in my classroom; therefore I will make it known to the class what I expect out of it both verbally and visually, explaining to them the rules and procedures of the classroom. It is important that the students respect each other and I want them to respect me as well. I will try to earn the students’ respect, but not their approval. That is why I will not discipline students blindly without first investigating the incident. I will not rule the class with an iron fist; however, my class will be orderly, I can confidently say.
My best teacher I ever had was Mr. Whiteman, my tenth grade Social Studies teacher. He always had a smile on his face and always had enough time to listen to everyone’s problems. When there was a problem between students, he would sit the two people down who were having the conflict and talk their way through the argument, rather than immediate disciplinary action being taken. He was always prepared with lessons and activities that were both fun and challenging. We knew what was expected from him and we as students respected him so much that we did not want to let him down. He did not demand respect; he earned it. I would be happy if someday, a student said that about me.