What makes a teacher who makes a difference?
A teacher who makes a difference needs to be caring and empathetic. They need to have the ability to sympathise with different children’s situations and relate to them. Whilst it is their job to teach the children, I feel they also have a responsibility to connect with the children and makes sure they are okay.
You have to be devoted and always have time to speak to your pupils. You cannot turn them away if they are upset, as it may prevent them from coming to you in future.
To make a difference they should be incorporating team work. If they cannot work well collaborating with parents, co-workers and other professionals they would gain the support they need.Teachers also need to love what they do. If they are passionate and dedicated, this will shine through and in turn motivate students. By going the extra mile they are showing this dedication.
It is important teachers do not stop learning after they graduate. The education system is constantly changing and growing and if a teacher does not have a broad mind to develop with it they will not succeed in their role. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a fantastic way of continuing to learn and developing as a teacher.
I feel the most important aspect is to love what you do and aim to be exceptional. To excel as a teacher and ensure your pupils excel.
The video “Professionalism (teachers say) on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ychgs3rrdA discusses different views on the professionalism of teachers.
Miss Catherine Long states there is more of a focus on the professionalism of teachers and how they are represented in society. She also highlights the fact there is more of a demand on benchmarking how well students are doing. I definitely agree with this. Parents are becoming more and more knowledgeable about what goes on within the classroom and the role of the teacher is therefore much more well known. Parents are also becoming more demanding in terms of pushing their children to be the best. I think by benchmarking how well children are doing, we are highlighting the attainment gap.
Mrs Nursen Chemmi states that teachers are role models. By both acting and speaking professionally we are setting a good example, which will hopefully “rub off” on children. I think this is a great way to look on our role as a teacher. We are setting an example to our pupils, and if we want them to excel in the world we should be going out of out way to set an excellent example.
Mrs Colleen Walsh speaks of how much times have changed in her 30 years teaching at St Michaels Catholic School. She believes she should also be a good role model to the pupils, in the way she acts and speaks. This is exactly how Mrs Nursen Chemmi felt, and as I agree to it is evident this is a very important factor in being professional. Mrs Walsh also states that it is important we do not judge children because of the homes they come from. From coming from a school with a catchment of a deprived area myself, I understand how important this is. Within a classroom there can be children from a number of different walks of life, and by treating them equally you are giving them all an equal chance at learning.