An effective educator is a combination of many qualities, including (but not limited to) being a positive role model for students and colleagues, a sensitivity to the needs of the individual student and the class as a whole (and the ability to see the difference), as well as what others might see as an absurd amount of patience. Most importantly, an effective educator moves past the desire to place all students into a box of sameness, and sees each individual learner for what they are; a unique person with a different story to tell, and a different style of learning. As a preschool teacher, I have found that it is impossible to place all my students into this box. What works for one student definitely won’t work for my entire class. Patience ties into this concept as well; sometimes it is too easy to fall prey to frustration when half the class isn’t behaving or listening. When an educator is frustrated, the students can tell, and they know (sometimes without realizing they know) that the teacher does not want to be there, leading to more frustrating behavior. In other words, a vicious cycle. If the teacher is flustered and upset (or even angry), then why shouldn’t the students be as well? Being a positive role model is vital to the effectiveness of the educator; students learn through observation, and even if they can’t remember that you told them to say please when they want something, if you display proper manners (or positive behaviors), then they will start to show them as well.
Characteristics of a Effective Educator