Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Be a great teacher

Nowadays, not many want to be a teacher. Besides, some teachers are not doing a good job in school. Many school teachers prefer to give their best effort in tuition class. That’s why tuition centre has become so popular nowadays. Anyway, this world really needs a lot of great teachers.

Different kind of teachers
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William Arthur Ward

Elements of Great Teaching
"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron." - Horace Mann

"Teachers who cannot keep students involved and excited for several hours in the classroom should not be there." - John Roueche

“A wise teacher makes learning a joy.” - Proverb

"Professors known as outstanding lecturers do two things; they use a simple plan and many examples." - W. McKeachie

Values and Price to pay
"Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more." - Bob Talbert

"No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he himself believes to be of value." - Bertrand Russell

He who ceases to learn cannot adequately teach. A good teacher is one whose students surpass him and makes him increasingly less necessary. The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

Do you have great teachers? What do you like about your teachers?

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anits said...

The happiness of the teacher is when a student change from bad to good person. In my experience, there are many students who entered college without goal. After I talked to them one to one, they start to respect and take my advice and succeed in their life. And they are still in touch with me and they are always at my side in any situation i go through. The way they show their love is the real happiness that I feel.

JesseTheCat said...

I agree that there are many types of teachers.Sadly, when I was at school, most of my teachers were very thoughless of the impact they had on their students. At least, that seemed to be the case.I think that teachers should be better educated and should be forced to take much more responsibilty for what they teach the young.They play a huge role in a personal development and they must be made more aware of this.Thanks for another eye-opening post, always, your teachings are wonderful !! :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Anits,

When a teacher had managed to transform a bad student to a good one, it is the greatest joy. The happiness received will indeed makes one an even better teacher! You are a great teacher! That's why your receives respect and your student take your advice and knows their goal.

Thanks for sharing your insight, Anits

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jesse,

You are right! Teachers roles are utmost important because they are the one that can bring out the best or bad of the next generation.

Thanks for nice words and encouragement.

My Best Wishes

mr fong said...

It is hard to teach well if you do not want to. Haha, I hope I will become one, hehehehheh..

Thanks for this post- very appropriate for me, and anw Teacher's Day is coming!

Take care

Honman said...

A good teacher inspires his/her students. His/her students will always remember his/her teachings and put his/her teachings into practice. Let's be a good student as well as a good teacher because we are someone's student and also someone's teacher.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

Very very true. Only those that are willing to teach can teach. Nevertheless, a great teacher must constantly learn up new ways to improve his/her teaching skills.

Indeed this post is very appropriate for you - the great math tuition teacher.

Malaysian had celebrated Teacher's Day on 16th May. I checked from Wikipedia and found out that Singaporean will be celebrating it on 1st September.

My Best Wishes to you, Winston!

surjit said...

Hi Sam,
"The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without his teacher."
But we hardly come across teachers with devotion and passion. Teaching profession has become fully commercialised.
Thanks for a your good post. God bless.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Honman,

You got the point there! Let's be a good student as well. A great student can become a great teacher and likewise a great teacher is a great student as well.

Thanks for your insight and wisdom. You are indeed a great teacher!

Blessings to you, Honman.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Surjit,

Very true! Education is not cheap anymore because teaching profession has become a business instead. It is hard to find devoted teachers nowadays.

"The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without ...." - That's a great quote! I like that. Thank you very much.

Blessings to you, Surjit.

WaterLearner said...

Hi Sam!

I agree. Teachers play a very important role of molding the character of the young ones.


lilifxt said...

hi sam a good teacher influences the children the rest of their lives i had a very good teacher she was so nice i cannot forget her coz she was good in everything even she was giving private classes at her home and i was the only one didnt go for private lessons coz i was good at English class but the rest were
but she was so nice to me rewarding me for my good grades

not many teachers are like that thats too bad...and this job is important as much as being Doctor coz a doctor will not be a doctor without a techer

best regards

Sam Chan said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for your continuous support. Best wishes.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lili,
Thanks for sharing your valuable experience and insight. Indeed, a doctor will not be a great doctor without a great teacher!

Blessings to you, Lili