So what should a good teacher look like? I don’t mean physically – they can be tall or short, fat or thin, male or female, black or white – but how they are when they’re in the classroom.
I asked my son what his ideal teacher would look like, and I was interested to listen to what he had to say. He told me that he thought teachers should be clever, fair, thoughtful, empathetic, kind, funny (sometimes – they also need to be respected), to never bully children, strict without going too far, and not shouting too much.
Would you add anything else to that? These are what I would add to my son’s suggestions;
- They need to know what they’re talking about to make classes interesting.
- They need to be liked and respected by the pupils, as well as firm and fair in making sure good behaviour is rewarded and bad behaviour is dealt with quickly.
- They need to be interesting. Boring teachers are the worst; I remember one of my teachers when I was at school always reading from a piece of paper and never looking up at the class. She was SO boring.
- They need to be nice people who you can talk to if you don’t understand something.
Having good teachers is so important; they’re the ones who can make learning interesting and (hopefully) fun. When I was in Year One, a long time ago, my teacher was Miss Smith. She wasn’t a very nice teacher; she would treat me horribly (shout at me all the time) for no good reason, and I stopped looking forward to school.
Thankfully, I told my parents about it, and they spoke to the headteacher, who dealt with it pretty quickly. In the end, Miss Smith left the school, which was best; she was making a lot of children unhappy, and that’s not what school should be about.
School is so important, because we spend a lot of our time there, and we need good teachers to make sure our lessons are interesting. Appreciate your good teachers, and never be afraid to say when a teacher makes you sad.