“ A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom.”
Who was your favorite teacher? What are the things that you loved in them? My Mom, till date talks about her Hindi teacher who used to discuss her idealogies and how her students should develop beliefs and values and read more about them. Mom says that the teacher went beyond the curriculum to teach them and my Mom adores her.
What is teaching? Teaching is a process wherein the teacher helps people to learn new things, acquire knowledge, and shape behavior. A teacher plays an important role in students’ life. One can never tell where their influence stops.
Teaching cannot be termed as a concept because it is largely dependent on human interactions. Today, we will be looking at the basic objectives of teaching, the characterestics of a teacher and the levels of teaching.
What are the Objectives of Teaching?
What do teachers do? Teachers have a lot of responsibilities. They have responsibilities other than conveying the concepts in the syllabus. These objectives form the foundation of the job and teachers should work every day to fulfill their objectives.
- To help students acquire knowledge. The primary objective of teaching is to impart knowledge and wisdom. However, this is not limited to textbook knowledge.
- To shape character and behavior. As mentioned, teachers help students acquire knowledge and this is not just what is included in the syllabus. Through this process, the character is shaped and behavior is molded.
- Foster independence. Teachers help students to be strong and independent. One of the outcomes of effective education is independence and a strong foothold.
- To motivate students. Teachers have the capability to fire the intrinsic motivation in their students and this will help students to be successful in life.
- To nurture creative thinking. Creative thinking and problem-solving skills are important life skills that are necessary to lead a successful life.
- To develop social skills. A teacher plays a pivotal role in the overall development of a child. Emotionally, physically and intellectually, they have to help their students cultivate skills that are good for mental and overall well-being.
- To assist the school/ educational institution to achieve its goals is another important objective of a teacher
- To involve parents in their children’s education. Teachers have to be inclusive to ensure that teaching is effective.
Characteristics of a Great Teacher
One of the most important good characteristics of a teacher is empathy. Let’s understand this with an example.
For instance, if there is a student who scores well in exams but performs poorly in assignments and discussions, you need to understand what the problem is before pushing them to do better. The teacher should understand their position, it might be because they are introverted, they might have some disabilities and likewise. Empathy will help to navigate through such situations.
Teachers should have the ability to lead when a situation gets tough and it is the characteristic of a good teacher. Leadership skills will help in difficult situations and thus, teachers can be a role model on how children should be.
Teaching is not an easy job. Teachers deal with students, parents, authorities, staff, and a lot of others on a daily basis, and this can take a toll on them it is important to stay calm during all times because as mentioned, children look up to their teachers.
Teaching is a divine and difficult vocation. It requires passion and teachers should be driven to do their best each day. Passion is an important characteristic that teachers should have so that they can stay at the top of their game.
The teacher has to choose the level of teaching based on the concepts and the intensity of the subject matter. A teacher takes different roles in a classroom-based on the situation. Let us explore the levels of teaching.
There are three levels of teaching:
Memory level of teaching, as the name suggests, is a level of teaching where the objective is just to impart the textbook knowledge and make the students memorize it rather than going to the roots of it.
Understanding level of teaching is a more thoughtful teaching process wherein the students connect with the concepts and as the name suggests, understand the subject matter.
The Reflective Level of teaching is also called the introspective level of teaching. This is considered the highest form of the teaching-learning process. This is primarily because the teaching does not stop after making the students understand the concept.
We have discussed the concept of teaching and some other aspects of teaching in this blog. One can never talk about all the aspects of teaching because there is so much to it. It would be like trying to read all the books in the world. You don’t know where to starts or where it ends and there are always new ones that keep coming in. Teaching is an ever-evolving arena and teachers have to be on their feet to ace their roles.