Successful Teachers

I am pasting a brief article written by a recent network friend and a wonderful educationalist Leah about what she calls ‘Successful Teachers’. Read what she thinks are the qualities of such teachers. Hope you will benefit and be challenged at the same time. Enjoy. Merid D


Successful Teachers

By Leah Davies, M.Ed.

Teachers set the tone in a classroom and can affect children’s lives in profound ways. What teachers do and say encourages or discourages their students. When teachers model acceptance and caring for all children, the students are likely to follow their example. The resulting classroom climate is conducive to children’s growth and development. Children thrive when teachers:

    • Sincerely like them and believe in their worth
    • Are dedicated to helping children learn
    • Are enthusiastic about teaching and inspire their students
    • Are prepared, consistent and firm
    • Provide a nurturing, safe environment
    • Accept themselves as imperfect and freely admit to making mistakes
    • Model fairness, honesty and dependability
    • Listen carefully and give recognition freely
    • Are sensitive and respectful of children’s individual differences
    • Provide an opportunity for children to help formulate classroom rules
    • Help children feel important by allowing them to make choices
    • Have clear, high, reasonable expectations for children’s work
    • Acknowledge children’s efforts and successes no matter how small
    • Stress that it is okay to make mistakes because they are a natural part of learning
    • Avoid threats, sarcasm, favoritism and pity
    • Focus on solutions to problems rather than on punishment
    • Teach children how to solve their problems peacefully by listening to each other and by compromising
    • Provide opportunities for children to encourage and applaud one another
    • Involve parents or guardians as partners in their children’s education
  • Invite them to dream, share goals, and to think of themselves as being successful

“It comes from …


“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”
— Steve Jobs, Apple Co-founder

“The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It” by Dr Kelly McGonigal


Do we really have 1 brain but 2 minds?

As a person who has struggled, strived and fought half of his life against issues of weight and other behavioural hangups, and as a person who has failed and got up over and over again half of his life, I had to keep on keeping on to survive and overcome these problems that throw me back to where I didn’t want to be.  As a ‘stubborn’ fighter who hates to give up, I have always been determined to educate and transform myself. Recently, I bought Dr Kelly McGonigal’s book on Willpower which happened to be one of the best materials on this issue that might help you transform  in numerous aspects of your life – not just your weight management. 

Watch this inspiring lecture and benefit from it. Take action. Be determined. Weigh the consequences of your procrastinations and decisions; and save your life. You deserve better, and I know you can do it. How do I know? Because we all can do it. If I can do it, you can do it too. This can actually lead you to a revolutionised life. A precious tip -Why don’t you pray for strength? Don’t be too skeptical. You might see a miracle – it doesn’t do it for you, but gives you the strength to do it. Where there is a will there is a way.

Let me finish by quoting Jim Rohn:

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

Jim Rohn  

I am Merid Desta and appreciate your comment and feedback.

Neuroscientists talk about how we have one brain but two minds. We have a mind that acts on impulse and seeks immediate gratification, and we have another mind that controls our impulses and delays gratification to fulfill our long-term goals. We face willpower challenges when the two minds have competing goals. Learn what influences us to procrastinate or why we fail to resist temptation, and learn about small interventions that can have large, positive outcomes.

Author and Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, talks about strategies from her new book “The WillPower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It” as part of the Authors@Google series. Topics include dieting/weight loss, health, addiction, quitting smoking, temptation, procrastination, mindfulness, stress, sleep, cravings, exercise, self-control, self-compassion, guilt, and shame. For more from Kelly McGonigal, visit This event took place on January 26, 2012 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.