Characteristics of an Effective Educator

During my time in the classroom, I have had the opportunity to learn from great leaders and role models what it means to be an effective  educator. Those who are masters of the classroom are ones who can teach amidst social and psychological barriers, maintaining the mentality every child can succeed academically. A teacher should know how to preserver in the face of adversity, be flexible with change, handle conflict with peers and parents expertly, and remain culturally sensitive to the needs of individuals and families.

A teacher should also know his or her audience, engaging as many students as possible regardless of subject content or student learning styles. By taking time to understand each group of students and tailoring academic lessons to the children’s interests there is strong motivation to learn. With this foundation laid, grade level standards can be met if not exceeded. Although changing lessons from year to year to accommodate ever changing interests may take time, the outcome is worth the investment.

Classrooms are continually becoming more diverse both ethnically and financially. An effective teacher recognizes these changes and accommodates them. An effective teacher can make a lesson in any circumstance and promote learning regardless of cultural background, access to technology or an array of other limitations. On a global level, classrooms vary drastically and teachers have a responsibility to provide the best education to next generations regardless of geographical location or financial resources.

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