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What It Takes To Be A Teacher

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Salam

 

I watching a programme about it takes to be a teacher ( primary skool ) yesterday, And foind it quite informative! These guys were celbreties as defined by western pop culture.. and they found the task of teaching quite gruelling, very tiring, and very demanding.

 

I was wondering if we have any teachers ( primary secondary or college) here, and if so in what subjects?

 

What do you think it takes to be a teacher?

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Asalaamualaikum

 

i believe "undercover_brother" is training to be a teacher! so it'll eb interesting to here from the bro on this topic.

 

i personally think the culture you come from defines what it takes to be a teacher. the way the children are socialised, the thoughts and values of that culture, it all depends on what skills are required to become a teacher.

 

When i went to pakistan and india, i t=found the children then alot more obedient and well mannered, but i also found the teachers very rarely built a rapport with their pupils, and were often very strict and some even held canes!!

 

whereas in england and other western parts of the world, the teachers have a closer relationship with the children and an "on-level" approach, trying to think like the particular age group. But i also found that the children from the west (im one of them) are more rebellious and outspoken, and whether that's due to the "step-down" approach of teachers, lack of punishments etc, i dont know...

 

but there's definately that difference and i think it all goes to show what is rtequiredof a teacher!

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:D

 

Good question bro, even educational researchers themselves argue about what does it take to be a teacher. Some say teaching is an art and that a person has to posses certain qualities to be one, others say it is a science means it has to do with knowledge and has a large basis in psychology and still there are others that say it is both. I'm agree with the last view, sometimes you meet teachers who are great at preparing ideas and doing research but it comes to the classroom they lack the motivation and the personality even though they might have the skills through knowlege to teach.

 

A teacher ofcourse should have knowledge in many aspects, how children think, what is the best way and strategy to teach with, understands the subject matter, using materials that aid in teaching, and many other things... (these are all taught in education programs). But then the personality counts: creative, energetic, lively, patient, artistic, open to new things, leader, funny, and cooperative are very important in addition to other things.

 

I'm also assuming the person likes kids :tongue:

 

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selam,

 

i agree with you all zaynab and the teacher should like his/her job.. bec. it may be sometimes very tiresome. if you love the job, you can do good work...

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:D

 

My maternal grandfather, rahimahullah, was a teacher/engineer for a while. All I remember is being told that he was very strict.

 

My father has been an MD/(college) instructor, it takes a lot of effort. It is very stressful. In one book on teaching it said that statistically it is the most stressful job. Teachers work even at home (no matter what grade level from what I've seen/heard.) It makes one a fatherly/motherly figure.

 

It takes a lot of patience, especially somewhere like America if you're going to try to teach at a public middle/highschool. My father tried to teach there and he almost had another heart attack due to the level of immaturity and disrespect on the part of the new students.

 

If you don't know something, you should never as a teacher try to pretend like you know. Honesty is very important. You set the example for your students. Even if they are mean, in one way or another you are their role model.

 

As for me, I was/am a tutor, so that's a bit easier, although in some ways more challenging. A teacher tells you how to do things usually, but with tutoring you have to help people help themselves. Teachers talk a lot. So you have to be careful what you say and it takes a lot of preparation,.. to know what to talk about and how to actually do it without confusing your students.

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..to know what to talk about and how to actually do it without confusing your students..

 

sis U is absolutely right.. and i just want to add this little bit..

 

that you know when talking to people (students in this case) they have feelings too and be mindful of that and dont say things to them which may hurt them even though you may be joking cause afterall they did put up with you (the teacher) for so long and then in the end the students asks a question and the teacher ridicules them in front of the class and hurts their feelings.

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