What’s a Teacher- summary so far

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What is the irreducible-core of being a teacher? Here, from three previous blogs (here, here, here) are some proffered characteristics:

1. The teacher must know what they are talking about, and the students must know that the teacher knows.

2. The teacher must really want the students to know what they, the teacher, know, and the students must know that, too.

3. Sincerity of purpose, to take the student by the mind and open the world to them; possibilities, potentialities.

4. Authority-Responsibility-Professionalism.

Some brief additional notes: point 1 encapsulates the need for the teacher to know what they are talking about, what they are teaching. And, this needs to be clear to the students, too. Point 2 takes it one step further; the teacher must really want to pass on that knowledge to the students, and this also must be clear to the students. Point 3…

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