Defining the role of teacher is difficult as any definitions will be influenced by our previous experiences, therefore becoming subjective. The definition will not only be based on our experiences but is also interdependent on our abilities, age, culture and expectations. One could argue that there is a very close link between the qualities used to describe the role of teacher and those used to describe a ‘good’ or ‘effective’ teacher.
There has been much research and therefore a plentiful supply of literature that defines the qualities of a ‘good’ or ‘effective’ teacher. Shedlin (1986), ‘concludes that the best teachers possess the following characteristics: respect, sense of humour, demand expectations, flexible firmness, enthusiasm and resourcefulness, cross-curricular teaching, making learning useful and the willingness to listen’. Further research carried out by Ogden, Chapman and Doak (1994), suggests that an effective teacher should have the following characteristics: adaptable, caring, collaborative, committed, confident, creative, dedicated, demanding, energetic, persistent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, emotionally stable, motivated, flexible, friendly, organised, patient, sensitive, tolerant and a good listener.
I have to agree with the research carried out by the above authors and can apply those adjectives used to explain the role of the teacher. I feel that a teacher needs to be a good communicator as well has having excellent interpersonal skills. Just because a person is qualified to teach does not make then a teacher, some individuals can be very well qualified but can not get the message across. For example, a highly qualified maths teacher, who cannot get on the same wavelength as the students to be able explain examples and instructions.
The role of teacher is extremely important. Many students form their...