“Learning is their journey. Let them navigate. Push them to explore. Watch them discover. Encourage their questions. Allow them to struggle. Support their thinking. Let them fly.” -Unknown
Many individuals can consider themselves an educator, but in order to be an effective educator, one must possess several characteristics that make them stand out from the rest.
Above all, she must be passionate, focused, and flexible about the work she does. When her students see that she is invested in them and has a heartfelt desire to help them succeed and learn, they will trust her and embrace their own learning and growing. A distracted teacher will not be able to recognize needs in her students and in her classroom. An effective educator needs to stay flexible and resilient against the inevitable change that is bound to occur in daily in a classroom. Lessons and technology; materials and supplies; student attitudes, attendance, and behavior—they all have the tendency to become unreliable or unexpected at times and any educator knows that she needs to always have a “Plan B” and accept change with a flexible attitude.
An effective educator must be reflective, challenging, and encouraging. Being reflective will help her see her faults in her lessons and learn how to adapt them to better suit the needs of her students. In this reflection, she needs to be able to recognize ways to challenge her students and teach her students how to challenge themselves. It is very difficult for a teacher or a student to grow if he is not being adequately challenged. Students being challenged will be most successful if their teacher is encouraging so as to not let her students give up and fail. They need to know that their teacher is greatly invested in their education.
Lastly, an effective educator needs to have a personal desire to grow and improve. She should continually seek knowledge and expansion of her own learning. Her capability to be a positive role-model will shine with the high ambitions she has for herself.