Today is World Teachers’ Day. I was just wondering: do you have a personal Teachers Hall of Fame – with teachers who you are grateful of having met or been able to study with? What teachers are in your personal Teachers Hall of Fame? What traits do these teachers have in common?
Here are some thoughts about some of the best teachers I have had. These teachers:
- Mastered their content and were enthusiastic and passionate about it.
- Provided me with guidance and tools that suited my way of learning and helped me understand the content.
- Thought outside of the box and created new ways of explaining things.
- Never stopped learning themselves.
- Created successful and positive learning environments.
- Contributed to my personal growth in a profound way.
- Inspired me because of their contributions to the community I lived in.
There is another thing that these teachers have in common. I believe these teachers were / are in what Sir Ken Robinson calls “The Element”:
“…the place where the things we love to do and the things we are good at come together.”
Every time I have met a teacher who is in their Element they have helped me find out something about my own Element.
What do you think makes a good teacher? And if we narrow it down to the areas of specialism this blog is about: what do you think makes a good music teacher? A good singing teacher? What teachers do you think belong in a “Music Educators Hall of Fame”? Why?
By Katja Maria Slotte