tteacher or educator - Someone who imparts knowledge, skills, or wisdom to others; assesses and praises achievement. Synonyms: instructor, tutor, preceptor, mentor, guide, guru, sage, coach, educationist, educationalist, pedagogue, fellow, lecturer, expositor, exponent, interpreter, prelector, professor, initiator, mystagogue, model, confidant, consultant, adviser. Educator, like [educational] practitioner — one of its most recent synonyms — is typically used instead of "teacher" in order to include principals and other educating professionals who might otherwise feel left out.


In the first decade of the new millennium, America will need to hire 2 million teachers to meet rising enrollment demand and replace an aging teaching force. That includes a LOT of art educators!

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What are the most important traits of a great teacher? The first two are knowledge of the subject matter and the ability to communicate it, but those are just the beginning. Here are the next six:

  1. Interest. Students need teachers who care about them. Teachers can learn how students spend their out-of-school time, about their likes, dislikes, abilities, family structures, and how they react to relationships, praise, and correction. Interested teachers gather information about their students on a regular basis, and then use that information to plan instructional programs that draw on students' strengths.
  2. Understanding. Students need teachers who listen to them, inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers need to empathize with students' intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and aesthetic needs.
  3. Fairness. Students expect to be treated fairly. Students need to feel equally important to their teacher and the classroom family. Fair teachers give students opportunities to make choices in the classroom, and to experience success every day.
  4. Consistency. Students expect teachers to say what they mean and practice what they say. Teachers and students should create classroom guidelines together, and see that consequences are both meaningful and consistently applied. Inconsistency is important in some things: variety and flexibility are crucial to creativity and growth.
  5. Sincerity. Teachers must be genuine. Students should be able to trust their teachers with their opinions and feelings. Sincere teachers stress the importance of maintaining a safe and family atmosphere in the classroom. They realize that many students need a friend and are extremely vulnerable. Sincerity dies with every use of sarcasm.



Art about teachers:

Thomas Nast (American , 1840-1902), Shall Teachers' Salaries Be Lowered? -- Enemy of the Public Schools: "That's right: reduce them, and they will die out." published in Harper's Weekly, Dec. 19, 1874, wood engraving, image: 27 x 23.8 cm, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA.


Also see art careers, art degree, artist, assessment, Bloom's Taxonomy, effort, motivation, Praxis, realia, standards, Stages of Artistic Development, virtuoso, and webucation.







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