This is a guest post from Sean Hampton-Cole who teaches Geography to senior students at Crawford College in Lonehill, Johannesburg. When I read this post on his blog http://ideasoutthere.posterous.com I really liked his thoughts and asked him if I could use it on our SchoolNet blog as a guest post. I have never met Sean, but it must be great being a student in his classes.
I would consider myself a good teacher if I were able to get even most of these right…
☺ Sets up an atmosphere of trust, openness, supportiveness and collaboration where ideas and opinions can be exchanged without fear of failure or ridicule.
☺ Leads by example by being passionate about the learning experience.
☺ Inspires and nurtures innovation, creativity, critical thinking and individual expression.
☺ Possesses a general knowledge of other fields of study and incorporates this knowledge into lessons, encouraging connections between different fields of knowledge.
☺ Has an original and unique style of teaching (follows a spontaneous, intuitive and original methodology).
☺ Encourages students to learn experientially by exploring, manipulating, researching, questioning, finding connections, experimenting, thinking, and reflecting.
☺ Knows the importance of fun, humour, personal stories, relaxed / informal / open-ended instruction and games in the classroom.
☺ Makes good use of learner-centred activities in order to get them interested, thinking and innovating.
☺ Treats students with respect, integrity and care.
☺ Allows students to fail safely.