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What Makes You a Professional Teacher


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An article based on a true work experience

Have you ever asked yourself “ What makes me a successful and a professional teacher?’’

Well, as we all know , teaching is not easy but it is very interesting job . It may seem easy to study at a university and prepare yourself to be a teacher , but when it is the time t practice it may not look as easy as it was expected . There are some important things you should keep as a good teacher . I am going to mention here the most important ones I have experienced through my work period .

Well, the most thing you should have to be a successful teacher is to know your students and their needs well . Classes , especially at universities , are heterogeneous ,i.e your classes have many students with different backgrounds , education knowledge, learning strategies , needs, and may be culture . It is very important to know your students before starting work . If you teach grammar and structure , for example, ask your students to write a short paragraph about themselves . You can collect their work and check it later . Their work will tell you their background and knowledge of grammar rules and sentence structure . So, getting an idea about the entire needs of your students is the most important factor in being a professional teacher .

Along with , professional teachers are always patient and organized . they never rush their students or explain randomly . So, to move one stair upwards success, plan everything before you go to class . Set all things according to a logical order and introduce your lesson step by step taking into consideration your students learning strategies . Besides, a successful teacher shows an interest in the subject as well as the students . So, be patient with and show a great interest in your students .

Further more, professional teachers enjoy their job and vary their roles in the class .You may want to be the person who provides the students information , but besides being information deliverer , you can be a close friend of them , a parent , a promoter , ….. . You can enjoy and vary your role in the class in a way that interests both , your students and you . You never can better when you enjoy your job . Creating a relaxed environment helps you successfully cover a great amount of the content . Besides,you will realize better participation of your students with time and therefore learning will happen .

One thing more, students have different learning strategies , so successful and professional teachers vary their teaching techniques . Using the same method every time does not help reaching the goal . Some of your students can not react to a specific method but they can do much better with another one . From the other hand , the used method can be suitable for a specific content of a lesson but not for another one . Using the GTM or Direct method , for example, can be good in a lesson but not in another . Some students may react to TPR while others may not show clear reaction or great interest in the method . Choosing good activities or practice tasks is another factor here . Think carefully how you can assess your students new language and set the best activity for that . You can use pair or group work one time , and oral discussion other time , and many more activities .

To sum up, being a good and successful teacher is not a talent , but a skill you learn and acquire through time . The list bellow shows the most important features of professional teachers :

Professional teachers:

- Know their students well .

- Vary their role in the class .

- Enjoy their job .

- Joke with their students and create relaxed class environment

- Are always patient with students .

- Plan every thing before they come to the class .

- Never waste time .

- Vary and use different teaching techniques .

- Look for the most suitable activities for students .

- Show interest in students and subject .

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- Give their students enough time to learn and practice .

- Focus on the goal .


VICTORIA on August 01, 2018:

although it is not easy to vary these method in a short time you give us an advice .

thank you

so much


Sibongiseni on July 18, 2018:

Someone who helps others to acquire knowledge,competences

or values

Minoh on July 18, 2018:

Wow this article it is interesting....

Alex mpanza on February 11, 2018:

Hey it very interesting information about being professional teacher and it not even a true only a fact

Milka on November 16, 2017:

What a good and useful article, thank you so much for the author. in here, I just want to add several things which are,

1. consider students' comfortness and successful.

2. treat all students equally.

3. do not ever linking personal things in work.

4. be prepared .

celine on May 23, 2017:

interesting indeed.

Maie elsaadany on May 14, 2017:

It's an amazing article ,Mrs.Nawal

Eva on March 13, 2017:

Wow! This article is so inspiring and informative, Thane for sharing with us...

themba on March 03, 2017:

very very interesting article

persival on February 22, 2017:

very motivating n interesting so glad you shared this.thnx

sweetness on February 16, 2017:

This article is very informative and im glad you shared it, thank you

Tshegofatso on January 26, 2017:

This article inspired me a lot as i want to be the best teacher ever.Thanks for the inspiration

Promise on November 04, 2016:

I am very much glad to read this special article to me as a student makes me happy because I will want to be a professional teacher.

vanessa n on May 18, 2016:

thank you very much.

the article is much help for aspiring teachers like myself.

T.WManzini on February 16, 2016:

Ihv learn how to be a professional teacher

by pretty Pearl on November 05, 2015:

wa this is interesting and wonderful ,no knowledge is waste thanks alot

Sally M. on October 15, 2011:

Very interesting thanks for sharing .

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on October 14, 2011:

Great list on what it takes to become a real good teacher! I think its like any profession, to be real good it takes dedication, real interest in what you're doing and a desire to always do better and learn more. Thanks for sharing!

nawal alkathery (author) on October 13, 2011:

Thank you all ..

Benjamin on October 13, 2011:

The will and ability to take chances, care that fellow colleagues succeed, and make my learning as open and transparent as possible.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on October 12, 2011:

Great first hub. Welcome to HubPages.

islam imene on October 11, 2011:

Very interesting document.

Bushra Baowain on October 10, 2011:

Very interesting Nawal... thanks.

Alice in Wonder from South Texas on October 10, 2011:

I believe it takes a special person to be a teacher. When I meet a teacher or military personnel, I am inclined to shake their hand and express my thanks for their service. I thank you Nawal for choosing to teach. Great read.

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