Monday, May 30, 2011

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teacher
There is a saying;
"Poor teacher tells
Good teacher teaches
Best teacher inspires the students"
and as Aristotle says;
"We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit".
Our character, basically, is composite of our habits;
Sow a thought, Reap an action,
Sow an action, Reap a habit,
Sow a habit, And reap a character"
Habits are powerful factors in our lives. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily express our character and produce our effectiveness or ineffectiveness.
To become a highly effective and best teacher one should inculcate sound character and good habits. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teacher is Habits of Effectiveness. They are based on principles, they become the basis of a person's character, creating an empowering center of correct maps from which a teacher can effectively inspire the students and continually learn and integrate other principles in an upward spiral of growth.
The seven habits are:

1. Be proactive
Principles of Personal Vision over Teaching and Learning.
2 . Begin with the End in mind
Principles of Personal Leadership
3. Put first things first
Principles of Personal Management.
4. Think win-win
Principles of Interpersonal Leadership
5. Seek first to understand. . . Then to be understood
Principles of Empathic Communication with students
6. Synergize
Principles of creative cooperation
7. Sharpen the saw
Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal
We can use these seven principles to help guide our actions as we improve our ability to provide access, equity and success for our students.
The Ideal teacher :
Observation of teachers over a good many years indicated that the personality of the teacher is key factor in success or otherwise. Traits and skills which students appear to value are indicated below. How do you measure against the ideal teacher?
The Ideal Teacher:
• is expert in own subjects
• is expert in the teaching role, well organized, well prepared
• is confident, open to suggestions, other viewpoints,
• is flexible and approachable
• is interested in individual students, and spends time with them
• is consistent in the treatment of everyone
• is consistent in behaviour - always fair, always even tempered
• is friendly, with a sense of humour
• shares with students the teaching aims and objectives
• knows the students as individuals - their strengths and their weaknesses
• communicates well in a variety of modes including non-verbal
• leads well, with appropriate pace
• is flexible and willing to change the approach
• gives feedback within an appropriate timescale.
•start the dialogue
At school :
• greet the students in corridors etc
• do not ignore standards of speech, manner and dress
• enjoy relating to students
In the Classroom
• arrive before the class and begin on time
• be prepared for the less interested class
• keep everyone occupied and interested
• extend and motivate all students
• mark all work promptly and constructively
• encourage student contributions
• keep the room clean and tidy
• maintain interesting display
Try to avoid :
• humiliation as students resent it:
• shouting as it diminishes you
• overreacting as the problem will grow
• blanket punishment as the innocent will resent it
• sarcasm as it damages you
• Use humour as it builds bridges
• listen as it earns respect
• be positive and build relationships.
• know your students as individuals.
• be consistent
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