Did you know that research from the US has shown that a “great teacher” can be predicted before they even enter a teaching situation? They go on to state that it is the quality of the teacher that is the dominant factor in a child’s success.
This video below discusses the importance of a “good teacher” in the eduction of children – and examines what makes for a great teacher with opinions from 3 award-winning educators from the US and the UK.
And guess what. You are all great teachers! How do we know? I’ll tell you…
Great Teachers… Know Their Students
As a reader of this blog you’re interested in delving deep into the student/teacher relationship. You’re discovering ways to constantly connect with your piano students. You care about their piano lesson experience – not just the results.
Great Teachers… Engage in Professional Development
Our readers are tuned-in to what is current, fresh and trending. You are sharing your experiences and ideas in our Facebook community and you’re learning from and with each other through our daily blog posts. You belong to an online community made up of the most engaged, contemporary and creative piano teachers world-wide!
Great Teachers… Have Empathy
If you didn’t care about your piano students then you wouldn’t be here! You wouldn’t be searching online for new teaching ideas and innovative resources. You’ve embraced the idea that your teaching should be directed by the needs of your piano students. You care about what those needs are. You want to know how to meet those needs.
Great Teachers… Show Confidence
Every new conversation, tip, and answered question is building you an arsenal of confidence. You have the experience of hundreds of piano teachers at your fingertips – you no longer need to be left wondering… you can simply ask! Confidence comes from knowing the answers – and you have the gumption to be asking the questions.
Great Teachers… Have a Heart for Teaching
We see this heart for teaching in every post comment, Facebook “like” or “share”, purchase of a new resource, and email. You are passionate about what you do – so passionate that you are spending your own time online bettering yourself for the sake of your students! We feel so privileged to have daily contact with so many inspiring piano teachers.
Great Teachers… Make Learning a 3 Dimentional Sensory Experience
You’re printing games, purchasing resources, searching for new ways of teaching old concepts. You’re committed to making piano lessons more than simply a “jukebox session” where pieces are learned and checked-off. You’re doing off-bench activities, group classes, and studio-wide events. You’re creating an atmosphere at your studio where learning is truly an experience.
And so kudos to you! And thank you for the opportunity to get to know you and to learn from your piano teaching experiences. Here’s to all the great teachers out there… just like you!