Getting the RIGHT TEACHER – what does it mean and how does it happen?


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Getting the right teacher isn’t about getting simply someone who is qualified, it’s about getting the teacher who understands your style of learning.

Usually most people would say that they want someone who know their topic, but they forget that humour and positivity are just as powerful characteristics of a great teacher.

One factor that most students would agree on is that a great teacher knows how to connect with you, make you feel comfortable and is patient with you. A great teacher won’t stop you from making mistakes, they will encourage you to learn from them. A great teacher is bit like a great actor, they know how to hold the audience with a simple word and captivate your attention.

Finding a great teacher isn’t easy. There are plenty of teachers with qualifications up to their neck, but that doesn’t make them a great teacher. In fact one of the best ways to find a great teacher is to be referred one by someone you respect. If someone has said that they had a good experience with this teacher, chances are if you like that person, the teacher will be good for you too.

I’ve always said that ‘teaching is a calling’, it’s not for everyone, it’s something that someone does not for the money but because they are genuinely caring and want to help people. If you can find those characteristics in a referred person to you, take them…they don’t come along often.


10 thoughts on “Getting the RIGHT TEACHER – what does it mean and how does it happen?

  1. When education experts come up with all their plans, they fail to account that every teacher is different, but also that every class can have their own personality. My last year teaching in China, I had four classes in the same program that couldn’t have been more different from each other.

      • Well, one of my big weaknesses as a teacher is that while I am flexible with students who want to learn, I have very little patience with students who don’t. I’m good at explaining things, but not good at inspiring.

      • You may be being a bit hard on yourself. Most teachers have a problem with students who don’t want to learn, it’s often about being able to step back and know how to manage situations rather than turn them around. These are skills you can learn. Do you talk to the other teachers about how they deal with these kinds of students? Your colleagues can be your best resource.

      • Generally they just agreed with me about which students were a problem. One year I had two classes of first year students and two classes of second year students. All the teachers had given up on one class of second year students. I did, too. They just kept staring at their smart phones. Among the first year students, I was surprised to learn I was the only teacher who enjoyed both classes; one had a more studious personality while the other had a more rambunctious but creative personality.

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