Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The importance of a good teacher

While technology might be revolutionising the classroom, there will never be anything as essential as a good teacher. 
The value of a good teacher - and the way they interact with their student - can never be underestimated. From the ancient days of Socrates interacting with the curious minds of Athens to today's classroom environment, the teacher-student relationship has always been important.

These days, even with the addition of a whole new host of technology to the learning environment, a quality teacher is still essential.

While technological tools are a significant help, kids will always find a guiding presence, such as a professional teacher, or parent teacher, an invaluable tool.

What does it take to be a good teacher?
According to the Department of Education, Training and Employment in Queensland, teaching offers a chance to encourage and support others to achieve their goals. In teaching, there's a strong focus on being able to explain things in simple terms, relating to a wide range of people, having compassion and empathy and the motivation to make a difference. 

Coping well with challenges, pressures and organisation are all other parts of working in teaching. 

Why are these skills necessary in a learning environment?
A lot of these qualities involve factors that technology simply cannot provide or replace. While great online education tools and digital learning can offer plenty of benefits, information and activities, there will always be the need for a real teacher to provide guidance along with it. 

Whatever the subject, whether it's mathematics, history, science or English, there's nothing like having somebody on hand to help a child with questions and to bounce ideas back and forth with.

No matter what kind of technology you're turning to in the process of helping a child to learn, always remember the presence of a teacher or leader is just as essential, as they offer something incredibly valuable to the child.

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