What Makes A Teacher Extraordinary?

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 Post subject: What makes a good tutor for primary level?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:25 pm 
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My friends and I have experienced tutors who were from good elite schools but who can't teach :yikes: The connection just wasn't there with our kids. So, in my opinion, a good tutor from a prestigious school only means the tutor was a good student, not necessarily a good teacher. What do you think make a good math tutor for primary level? Would like to hear some opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: What makes a good tutor for primary level?
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To me, I truly believe connection is one as you have mentioned "The connection just wasn't there with our kids". The ability to inspire students to excel is another. Also important, if not most important, is the ability to explain concepts plainly so that students could easily understand them. In short, simplify whenever possible.


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 Post subject: Re: What makes a good tutor for primary level?
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Someone, preferably a teacher with experience, who SPECIALISES in a subject. I also prefer tutors who specialize in primary levels if you are asking what makes a good primary tutor.

Of course other things like abilty to teach good techniques, patience, good communication skills etc are important too.


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 Post subject: Re: What makes a good tutor for primary level?
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Depends on what your child need.

If your child is gifted, then you child is probably already interested in learning and doing challenging questions. Then you will need a teacher with strong academics and some experiences.

If your child is mischievious and refuse to study, then you need a teacher who is fierce but at the same time can communicate effectively with the child.

If your child is normal but unmotivated, then again you need a passionate teacher who can motivate.


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 Post subject: What Makes A Teacher Extraordinary?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:57 pm 
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Original Title: Teachers: What separates the ordinary from the extraordinary

By now as informed parents should know- a teacher who achieves stellar academic results may not be a good teacher. The way one conveys knowledge is not directly related to one’s cognitive abilities.

So what makes a good teacher?

Besides the academic aspect, parents today also value highly the non-academic aspect of being a teacher, such as dedication, a genuinely caring attitude, and patience among others.

I think that one thing that we can at least agree on is that the most basic criteria of a teacher is academic results. Without good grades, which reflect a good grasp of the subject, a teacher cannot be expected to impart their knowledge to students.

As much as we hope for it, the world is not ideal- teachers that possess all the best qualities mentioned above are few and far between.

So what would you, as a parent, rather? A teacher with above-average but not stellar results, who is patient, dedicated and caring, or a teacher with stellar results, but is less caring, dedicated and patient with students?


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 Post subject: Teachers: What separates the ordinary from the extraordinary
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:41 pm 
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Beautyful Minds wrote:
So what would you, as a parent, rather? A teacher with above-average but not stellar results, who is patient, dedicated and caring, or a teacher with stellar results, but is less caring, dedicated and patient with students?


Hmmm. I was thinking a little about your question there: stellar results vs dedication.

I'm not a parent (yet, lol), but I'm was a teacher in 2 separate secondary schools and now a private tutor. Having been a teacher in a school setting and now in a private setting, I think a good teacher is someone who has dedication and expertise in the subject he or she is teaching.

This doesn't necessarily mean stellar results, because someone who can achieve good results may not have the expertise to help other people achieve the same kind of results. The skills to help people improve in their studies is not the same set as the one to score in examinations.

So, coming back to the question, I believe a teacher with dedication will naturally have the initiative to hone his or her skills in teaching that subject. That skill may be picked up more easily by some teachers compared to others, but ultimately, it has to be learned and it is not innate.

;) Ms Peh


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers: What separates the ordinary from the extraordi
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YellowFile wrote:
Beautyful Minds wrote:
So what would you, as a parent, rather? A teacher with above-average but not stellar results, who is patient, dedicated and caring, or a teacher with stellar results, but is less caring, dedicated and patient with students?


Hmmm. I was thinking a little about your question there: stellar results vs dedication.

I'm not a parent (yet, lol), but I'm was a teacher in 2 separate secondary schools and now a private tutor. Having been a teacher in a school setting and now in a private setting, I think a good teacher is someone who has dedication and expertise in the subject he or she is teaching.

This doesn't necessarily mean stellar results, because someone who can achieve good results may not have the expertise to help other people achieve the same kind of results. The skills to help people improve in their studies is not the same set as the one to score in examinations.

So, coming back to the question, I believe a teacher with dedication will naturally have the initiative to hone his or her skills in teaching that subject. That skill may be picked up more easily by some teachers compared to others, but ultimately, it has to be learned and it is not innate.

;) Ms Peh


We absolutely agree to your point, a lot of teaching is innate. In Malcolm Gladwell's "What the Dog saw", he actually touched on the fact that there is no reliable selection process in the US to get teachers, including assessing the results or what experience the teacher has. None except one, which is actually giving the class to teachers to manage.

We used to have a 1st class honours, dean list candidate from NUS but the moment he took over some classes, 7 out of 17 students quit. We realised that the problem was EQ.

A painful experience i must say. Now, we are obsessively careful with the selection of teachers. Even though all our teachers have stellar qualifications, we are even more particular about other soft skills.

From those failing experiences, we learnt that 1 criterion stood out as a good determinant - Passion. A teacher who is passionate about creating a positive impact on students will always be a good teacher. Always.

Not all good teachers are passionate, but all passionate teachers are good.


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 Post subject: Re: Teachers: What separates the ordinary from the extraordi
PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:05 am 
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yeah true that there are just a few teachers that are passionate about teaching sadly :( As i observed from my child classes, some teachers give parents a feeling of "get it and done with" .


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Besides knowledge, dedication and passion, I would add the ability to see things from the student's perspective and explain from the point where the student is. I have had teachers who just repeat theiroriginal explanation every time I ask for clarification - but if I didn't get it first time round, why would I get it if he says it again?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:13 pm 
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slmkhoo wrote:
Besides knowledge, dedication and passion, I would add the ability to see things from the student's perspective and explain from the point where the student is. I have had teachers who just repeat theiroriginal explanation every time I ask for clarification - but if I didn't get it first time round, why would I get it if he says it again?


Empathy?


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