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The Skills and Mindset of an Effective Teacher

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This unit tells us about how to be an effective teacher, what are the skills and characteristics that the Teacher should have and responsibility that is putting on to their shoulders.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Joan G. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.

How to define a good teacher?

The very first question that you will probably read about is, what makes a good teacher? Here they had conducted a surveyed to some of the teachers and students to get their opinion and the most common answer that they got is about teacher personality. While some say about the relationship between the student and the teacher.

There are a lot of answers but a simple and concise meaning according to this TEFL course. A good teacher cares about his/her teaching but has to make an extra effort for the students to learn.

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Teacher’s roles

Also, the writer talked about the role of an effective teacher in the class. For a longer period, there has been an issue between student-centered lessons or a teacher-centered lesson, so according to this lesson, it depends on the type of activity that the students are involved with.

Classroom manager

As the role of the teacher is being concerned here are the different roles that they should play in the class. First one as Being a manager or controller in this role the teacher should know how to manage and assist the students during activity or individual seat works. it also says that the teacher is in control of the class that he is the one who's talking in front of the class discussing and giving instruction.


Second, as an organizer who has said that this is very important, he/she must be very clear in giving out an instruction to all the students because if the students did not understand to what the teacher is trying to say this will lead to confusion and taking more time to repeat.

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The third one is assisting the student-teacher must give undivided attention to the students Especially in teaching English he/she must support the students in times when they will lose their composure, the teacher should give feedback and be sensitive to his/her student's emotion.


The next one is a prompter this role required the teacher to be more sensitive and should have enough confidence to encourage the student to continue expressing his/her idea and if the students are struggling teacher must encourage and give a little help for the student to be motivated and continue to recite.


Followed by being a participant as the word itself participate this is opposed to a prompter role as the teacher will not act as a teacher but instead being equal with the students. Being careful not to focus on him/herself.

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Another is being a tutor which is very familiar this works in individuals giving feedback to the student. Also, this area needs discipline avoiding to focus on one student but instead to give equal attention to all.


Next is facilitator or resource, model, observe or monitor. Being resource meaning helping out the student but not to the extent that you’re doing everything for them. And as model means, you're the one that your student will look up to. and they are counting on you as the teacher when it comes to pronunciation and speech.


The last three one is an observer or monitors this is easy to understand the teacher needs to observe the students while they are doing activities taking notes about the mistake so that it will be corrected after discussion careful not to interrupt the student during the activity.

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