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What makes an inspiring teacher?

Posted on: 02 Jun 2015 by Weston Green School

Research has shown that key attributes of highly effective teaching are more attitudinal than related to technical skill (although finely tuned technical skills in classroom management are clearly significant). The attributes which make for dynamic teaching include an enthusiasm for teaching, positive relationships with children and high levels of motivation and commitment, evidenced in genuine warmth and empathy towards all children in the classroom, obvious respect for the children in a teacher’s behaviour and use of language, and consistent praise for children for effort towards realising their potential.

Add to this, high levels of pedagogical skills manifested in managing behaviour, space, time and resources efficiently and effectively, implementing clear instruction, including explicit and high expectations and objectives for learning, along with skilful use of questioning and feedback and you have a rich recipe for highly interactive and extend learning.

This is a complex mix of skill, sensitivity and devotion which the greatest teachers possess, often, in my experience, without truly recognising it - it is the joy on children’s faces and the purposeful ‘buzz’ of the classroom which are such telling signs. It is that ‘buzz’ which I love seeing around Weston Green in such abundance. 

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