This article is about preschool teaching career in formal initial education. For college and universities, see professor. This article needs additional citations for verification. Classroom at a seconday school in Pendembu Sierra Leone.
In most countries, formal teaching of students is usually carried out by paid professional teachers. A teacher’s role may vary among cultures. Formal teaching tasks include preparing lessons according to agreed curricula, giving lessons, and assessing pupil progress. A teacher’s professional duties may extend beyond formal teaching.
Outside of the classroom teachers may accompany students on field trips, supervise study halls, help with the organization of school functions, and serve as supervisors for extracurricular activities. Teaching is a highly complex activity. The competencies required by a teacher are affected by the different ways in which the role is understood around the world. Working with others Working with knowledge, technology and information, and Working in and with society. It has been found that teachers who showed enthusiasm towards the course materials and students can create a positive learning experience.
These teachers do not teach by rote but attempt to find new invigoration for the course materials on a daily basis. Teachers that exhibit enthusiasm can lead to students who are more likely to be engaged, interested, energetic, and curious about learning the subject matter. Recent research has found a correlation between teacher enthusiasm and students’ intrinsic motivation to learn and vitality in the classroom. There are various mechanisms by which teacher enthusiasm may facilitate higher levels of intrinsic motivation. Teacher enthusiasm may contribute to a classroom atmosphere of energy and enthusiasm which feeds student interest and excitement in learning the subject matter. Research shows that student motivation and attitudes towards school are closely linked to student-teacher relationships.
Enthusiastic teachers are particularly good at creating beneficial relations with their students. Their ability to create effective learning environments that foster student achievement depends on the kind of relationship they build with their students. Students are likely to build stronger relations with teachers who are friendly and supportive and will show more interest in courses taught by these teachers. Teachers that spend more time interacting and working directly with students are perceived as supportive and effective teachers. In many countries, a person who wishes to become a teacher must first obtain specified professional qualifications or credentials from a university or college. These professional qualifications may include the study of pedagogy, the science of teaching.