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Formally called educators, teachers are professionals who help students acquire knowledge, strengthen values and develop skills and talents. They usually teach on a classroom setting.
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Key Facts & Information
THE FIRST TEACHERS
- The teaching profession has existed for a very long time. Teachers served as mentors of young men and women into becoming great people.
- One of the oldest known great teacher lived way back in late 500 C.E. by the name of Confucius. He was known to be the first private teacher in history. His influence and teachings are known around the world to this day.
- In ancient Greece, the value of educating their children was recognized very early on so teachers were on high demand. They were highly respected by the people.
- Ancient Roman teachers were also demanded. Some families even trained slaves to become teachers to their children.
- In the Middle Ages, learning institutions such as Cambridge University, along with Catholic Schools mostly for males were founded.
- “Dame” schools for women were also established and they were primarily trained with household chores and other practical skills.
- When teaching became institutionalized after founding schools, teacher training became required.
- During the colonial times, teachers were sent abroad to teach reading, writing and religion in schools.
- In the 1840’s US, teachers needed to take a test for certification that licensed them to teach. 17 years later, the National Teachers Association was formed to fight for the rights of teachers and improve conditions in the profession.
- Other countries also developed their own standards for teaching profession. In Germany and Japan, ranking depends on where they teach but they receive better social standing within the community they teach.
- Methods of teaching were also developed and teachers began to specialize in their fields. Towards modern times, a degree and license became the first step to teaching.
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of the individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.”APJ Abdul Kalam
BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A TEACHER
- Germany introduced the first formal criteria for the education of teachers and the world followed suit.
- Today, most teachers are college or university graduates. They undergo general and specialized academic, cultural, or vocational courses.
- They study educational principles combined with practical experience in a typical school setting usually experienced during their senior years as student teachers.
- After graduating, most countries require passing licensure exams before teachers can formally be employed by educational institutions.
- Some teachers take masters or doctorate degrees to master their teaching skills and for promotions.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF TEACHERS
- Public school teachers – They are teachers paid by the government. For example: Lowanna Public School – Australia.
- Private school teachers – They are teachers paid by private institutions such as churches, private foundations, etc.
- International School Teachers – They are teachers who hail from other countries teaching foreign students. Sometimes, they are hired to teach specialized languages through online schools.
- University / college professors – They are teachers in the collegiate level. They are formally called professor as an academic rank at universities and other post-secondary education and research institutions.
- Special education teachers – they work with students who have special needs including physical or emotional disabilities, or cognitive disabilities, such as lower -than -average intelligence.
- Preschool and kindergarten teachers – They are teachers who specialize in teaching preschool children ages 3-5.
- Elementary teachers – They are teachers who teach grade school children, usually until sixth grade.
BASIC QUALITIES OF A TEACHER
- Teachers play a crucial role in building the future generation. They nurture natural abilities and skills and prepare children to become responsible adults.
- Here are some of the qualities of a good teacher:
- Good teachers communicate well. Good communication enables teachers and students establish good relations in and out of the classroom.
- Good teachers have patience. Pupils, parents and colleagues can challenge any teacher’s patience at any circumstance, the key is to develop self-control and deep understanding.
- Good teachers listen and speak well.
- Good teachers adapt well. They are able to adjust their teaching methods based on the needs of their students, the resources available, the changing curriculum, practices and requirements.
- Good teachers also show empathy. To establish good relationships, teachers treat students with respect and dignity as well as understanding what may be going on in their lives.
- Teacher’s Oaths differ in many countries. They are solemn promises undertaken by new teachers. Below is an example of an oath in Finland called: The Comenius’ Oath.
THE COMENIUS’ OATH
“As a teacher, I am committed to educating the next generation, which is one of the most important human tasks. My aim in this will be to renew and pass on existing human knowledge, culture and skills.
“I shall act with justice and fairness in everything that I do, and promote my students’ development, so that each individual may grow up as a whole human being according to his or her own aptitudes and talents. I shall also strive to assist parents, guardians and other responsible people working with children and young people in their educational functions.
“I shall not reveal information that is communicated to me confidentially, and shall respect the privacy of children and young people. I shall also protect their physical and psychological integrity.
“I shall endeavour to shield the children and young people under my care from political and economic exploitation, and defend the rights of every individual to develop his or her own religious and political beliefs.
“I shall make continuous efforts to maintain and develop my professional skills, committing myself to my profession’s common goals and support my colleagues in their work. I shall act in the best interests of the community at large and strive to strengthen the respect in which the teaching profession is held.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different kinds of teachers?
There are many types of teachers depending on the institution they work for and who they teach. They can be public school teachers, private school teachers, international school teachers, university/college professors, special education teachers, preschool and kindergarten teachers, and elementary teachers.
What are the qualities of a good teacher?
A good teacher is patient, empathetic, and adaptive. They must also be able to communicate with and listen well to their students.
When is World Teachers’ Day celebrated?
To commemorate the contributions of teachers across the globe, World Teachers’ Day is annually celebrated on October 5.
What are the prerequisites to becoming a teacher?
Most teachers have a college or university degree. After which, in most countries, one needs to pass licensure exams to become a professional teacher.
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