As teachers, we should be well versed in our subject areas. We should be continuing our education in every way possible from further schooling, reading professional journals, keeping up with new techniques and new technology, and of course articulating with other professionals to gain further knowledge of our subjects. This article aims at providing directors insight into the heart of an effective teacher.
After all of that, we must remember what we are doing with all of that knowledge and experience. We are conveying it to other people – students. We must remember that we are working with real, live people. Each individual comes to us with their own set of complexities, styles of learning, experiences and standards. When you add several individuals together into one class room – you have a great challenge before you! My belief is that if you are going to successfully reach each individual you must reach their hearts. This can only be done through God who is the master of reaching both the individual and the masses at the same time.
What makes a teacher special? Effective teachers reach the heart of the individual. They take on a role that supersedes the subject. They take on a mentor role. They make a difference for the better in the soul of a person. Sometimes despite the individuals desire to learn a subject, the individual will try because they simply appreciate and respect the teacher.
This is very much a godly principle. Jesus cared about the least individual. He went out of His way to reach each person on their level. He prayed for people and laid hands on them to heal them all night long sometimes and the Bible says He healed them all! What I am stating is that we can drive ourselves straight into burnout if we try this on our own – or – we can spend some great quality time with the Father each day and let Him fill us so we can go out and minister in His strength.
We have all seen the teacher who was more concerned about how the student made them look than they were with reaching and teaching the students. Be more concerned with the students than the subject and you will make an enriching and lasting impression on them. This kind of teaching will do more for motivating students than any assignments you may give.
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