Making a Great Teacher

by NYC Firm Schools on July 18, 2009

Its no secret that the current economic environment has left many highly educated and experienced professionals out of work and in need of a steady income. While we’ve often discussed how this has and will continue to affect Firm Schools and their students and families, the fact is that the economy is affecting most everyone, everywhere. As a result, there is a growing segment of skilled professionals who are now discussing entering into teaching as a sort of backup plan.

On the outside, this would seem like a logical conclusion for some. Professional, years of experience, highly educated in their field, and in need of work. If there are no open opportunities in their field, then they can certainly teach a new generation the skills that will be needed again when the economy slides back to normal.

On the flipside of this scenario, however, is the assumption that teaching is simply the passing on of knowledge. It isn’t. If it was really that easy, everyone would be doing it.

What Makes a Great Teacher

Teaching requires an understanding and love of children. Obviously not all teachers love working with children, much to the detriment of their students, however the instructors that you want to teach your child should, at the very least, have a great understanding of the non-adult mind, how it works, how it learns and how it reacts. For an adult who has spent their entire career only working with other adults, suddenly having to work with teenagers all day will most likely be an eye-opening and not-to-pleasant experience.

A true teacher has to be someone who can instruct, explain and nourish the growth of information and development of thinking in a new generation that is not always thrilled with the subject matter. Teaching requires more than just subject matter expertise, and not every expert is an great teacher.

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