I believe that it is crucial for a teacher to have each of the values given on the selected list. They are all incredibly important in their own ways. The five values I have selected to write about are- Honesty, Patience, Self-Control and respect.
Honesty is a crucial value for teachers to have. Firstly, it is important for their own professional career and development, and secondly it is a concept that is vital to teach and display to pupils.
If a teacher happens to make a mistake then it is important that they are honest about it (to others and themselves). They must ‘own up’ for what they have done, this may be their lesson not going to plan. By being honest to themselves, then can then evaluate what happened, reflect on it and then learn from the mistake.
I think that patience is a value that all teachers must have. Every child will learn at a different pace, therefore it is vital that the teacher is patient and gives the child enough time to complete it to the best of their ability. If the teacher is inpatient and gets angry at the child, then the work won’t be completed to as high a standard as it could be. The child may start to rush all of their work due to this, therefore never really bettering themselves. Also, due to the fact that children are constantly full of energy
Also, as children are almost always full of energy, the teacher could easily become exhausted and lose patience with them. However, they must not let this happen and must ensure that they remain professional.
Schools are busy and sometimes stressful places, therefore teachers must have a good level of self-control in order to provide the best teaching they can.
E.G – If the teacher is observing the class while they are completing work and notices that a group of pupils seem to be chatting and not bothering with their work, it would be easy for her to confront (shout at) them straight away. However, if she held back for a little longer and observed them, she might find that a few of the pupils were actually discussing work. Therefore, after having the self-control to hold back for a while, she knew which children to discipline and perhaps offer help.
If a teacher did not show any signs of self-control then they regularly get angry at the class. This could cause pupils to feel anxious in the classroom and not know where they stand with the teacher. They may avoid asking the teacher for help with work and lose all trust for them.
If they have no control then they could cause pupils to feel anxious in te classroom and scared to confide in them
I have always been a firm believer of the notion that respect works both ways. In order for a teacher to gain respect from her class, she must respect each of her pupils. I believe that the best way to teach respect is to show respect. Being respectful helps a child succeed in life. If children don’t have respect for peers, authority, or themselves, it’s almost impossible for them to succeed. Children learn from everything we say and do. Teachers must make sure that they are modelling respectful behaviour to their class.
Some of the ways in which a teacher can display respect to her pupils is by:
Being fair – Listen to the child’s side of the story before reaching a conclusion and when appropriate give them the benefit of the doubt.
Being polite – Use “please” and “thank you”. Show that being rude is not respectful.
Being reliable – Keep promises. If a child tells a teacher something and asks them not to tell anyone, and they know that they must report it to the schools Child Protection Officer, they must not lie to the child and say that they can keep it private when they know that they are unable to do so. This could lead to the child losing all trust for their teacher.