A teacher with the ability to inspire students is the type of teacher who will be long remembered. Inspiring students is integral to ensuring their success and encouraging them to fulfill their potential. Students who are inspired by their teachers can accomplish amazing things, and that motivation almost always stays with them.
That’s because inspiration is one of the most important gifts a teacher can provide students. A teacher that inspires is a role model, an influence that goes far beyond academic achievement.
If you want to be a great educator, you must connect with your pupils and reach them on multiple levels, because the best teachers are committed to their students both inside and outside the classroom.
So how does a teacher take the leap from educator to inspiring role model?
Becoming a role model
The inspiring educator strives to spark motivation in all students in a way that spurs academic achievement and galvanizes success via motivational influence.
As a teacher, have you been inspired to work harder or pursue a particular goal? Were you inspired to become an educator by one of your own great teachers? Inspiration can take many forms, from helping a pupil through the academic year and their short-term goals, to guiding them towards their future career. Years after graduation, many working professionals will still cite a particular teacher as the one who fostered their love of what they currently do and attribute their accomplishments to that educator.
Inspiring teachers can be the thing of movies, like “Stand and Deliver” — the story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.
But great teachers are not born. One can learn to be an inspiring teacher. To realize that goal, teachers need to aspire to inspire.
Becoming an influence in a student’s life begins by forging strong relationships. In doing so, educators are able to affect virtually every aspect of their students’ lives, teaching them the important life lessons that will help them succeed beyond term papers and standardized tests.
Learning to inspire
Great teachers are remembered not for the knowledge they impart but for the way they encourage and lift their students’ achievement, not just in a subject, but also in the important skills of living a fulfilling life.
How one teaches can be taken to a new level with the proper instruction. Teaching can bring the highest degree of satisfaction to oneself and their students.
These skills include happiness; inspiration, compassion, curiosity and resilience are essential for both the learner and the teacher.
A great teacher makes learning fun, as stimulating, engaging lessons are pivotal to a student’s academic success.
Some students who are more prone to misbehavior, truancy or disengagement are more dependent on an engaging teacher. Making your classroom an exciting environment for learning will hold the students’ fascination, and students learn best when they are both challenged and interested. It’s part of motivating students, which may not be easy, but which will benefit students immeasurably in the long run.
Part of the process of becoming a motivational teacher can begin with the following:
- Read and study inspirational resources.
- Create a plan to help students in need.
- Develop a plan to recognize all students.
- Determine his/her strengths and how to best use them.
- Communicate with other teachers about being an inspiration.
So what are you waiting for? Get out and inspire.