A good teacher is not necessarily born with a teaching instinct. More likely he has been the product of years of effort. For the past several years there has been an increasing interest in the personal qualities that make for teaching success.
One of the outstanding qualities of a good teacher is the one who has a good knowledge of the nature of the child. Educators say that a good teacher is one who finds the hidden laws of the growing mind and then shapes that mind according to a splendid plan.
The teacher must know, not only the goals or aims to be accomplished, but also the most effective methods and techniques which can best accomplish them. He must know the best methods and techniques for accomplishing the desired methods for helping each child achieve maximum growth and development. The teacher must also learn how to build effective learning situations and to select teaching methods to guarantee maximum retention and application of the leanings that are achieved.
The teacher must be able to secure objective results in his teaching. He must know how to gather facts about his work and deduce from these facts a correct and sensible interpretation of the status of his teaching and the learning of his students. The teacher must maintain the attitude of investigation and experimentation. Observation is the basis of all knowledge.
Every teacher must possess a genuine love for the students. Through sympathy, the teacher is able to put himself in the child's place, to get his point of view and to see things as they really are. The love for students must be innate and spontaneous. Patience, sympathy, and love for them are few of the many personal qualities that make for effective teaching.
The teacher must have a wholesome personality. Students love a happy, sympathetic, and enthusiastic teacher. A good teacher is one who radiates light and cheer. He must have tolerance and a definite capacity for understanding. Effective teaching and learning are the results of cheerfulness and understanding.
A teacher must not be satisfied with his achievement. He must strive to attain some measures of success and must not be satisfied with himself. To be a good teacher, one must endeavour to improve his work every day from personal experience and from contact with his students. The teacher should have ideals and ambitions which alone give zest to life.
If we are true to the principle that education is a lifelong process, we must not forget ourselves in that process. A strong desire for self-improvement is a dynamic force in teaching.