Characteristics of an Effective Educator

Working as an effective educator takes a lot of hard work including planning, connecting, instructing and assessing.  A teacher should be well educated understanding theory and practice of teaching in a classroom.   Being mentored by an experienced teacher and interning in a classroom before stepping into a lead role is hugely beneficial to the development and learning of a teacher.  Feedback and reflection helps a teacher develop their own strengths and skills when working with students.  An effective educator is a role model and leads by example for students to develop successful habits towards learning and education.   Sincerity and authenticity are required attributes of a teacher as students can read and understand when a teacher is not fully engaged in their instruction.  Students should feel cared for and comfortable in the classroom so they can feel excited and accomplished when completing their work.  Taking time to work one on one with each student lets the students feel appreciated and understood as learners in their classroom.  Teachers not only should understand the nature of their students but also get to know their families as well.  Students learn more from their families and in their home environments then they do at school so understanding where a student comes from and goes to after school is crucial information for an educator.  An effective teacher creates a learning environment of excitement and engagement and reflects their love of their career in their instruction.

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