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

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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
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About Merid Desta

I am a very passionate and mature African-Ethiopian researcher/ peacebuilder/ manager/ leader/ who have been doing a research on peace and conflict in the horn of Africa. I have learned that both my under- and post-graduate studies need to be topped up with formal studies of theories and praxis of peace, conflict, justice, identity, nationalism, ethnicity, religion and other related theories. All the trusts, institutes, faith-based and other secular organisations in which I was involved in leadership, mobilising and training capacities, were committed to addressing all aspects of individuals and communities’ life. Being an advocate for all human beings to be released from their spiritual, physical, social, mental and economic poverty, with a view to enabling them to become fulfilled and responsible human beings who live up to the standard of their best capacity, was at the core of all my work and the people and teams whose ministry I led. I have been involved in interfaith; interethnic; intercultural and interdenominational peacebuilding, conflict resolution and management work in the capital. My family’s life has always been sacrificial. We have committed our lives and are preparing for more commitments to work initially among a few communities and regions in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan/ South Sudan and the surrounding regions. These nations of Eastern Africa have often been under enormous threats and incidents of civil wars, ethno-religious conflicts, genocide etc.

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