Most people can remember at least one teacher who had particularly positive impact on their lives, teacher who believed in them, who planted seeds of wisdom in their minds, who molded not only knowledge but character as well. The good educator works his magic in the classroom, tugging, pushing, and leading students to their dreams. Certainly, as a future teacher I’ve worked out my own image of a perfect educator, and the quote by Caroline Scott put me in a quandary. Indeed, how to make students believe in themselves? How to enhance their motivation, as not all of them seem to be enthusiastic about learning? After some speculations, I believe I’ve unraveled this secret and singled out three main factors.
From my perspective, first of all the perfect teacher should hold high but realistic expectations. Realistic means that his/her standards are high enough to persuade learners to do their best work, but not so high that students will inevitably be subdued and frustrated in trying to meet those expectations. To develop the drive to achieve, students need to believe that achievement is possible, which means that a teacher need to provide early opportunities for success.
One more factor to consider is, to my mind, avoiding intense competition among students. Competition produces anxiety, which can interfere with learning. Therefore, a good teacher reduces students’ tendencies to compare themselves to one another and refrains from public criticisms of their performances and from comments on activities that oppose students to each other.
An instructor’s own enthusiasm seems to be the most crucial factor in students’ motivation for learning. If the teacher becomes bored or apathetic, students will too. Typically, an educator’s enthusiasm comes from confidence, excitement about the content and genuine pleasure in teaching. If he/she is uninterested himself/herself, he/she would devise to the most exciting and appealing way to present it.
Those were three main.