What does it take to be a good teacher? My wife used to work for a school district that had an annual awards banquet. They would recognize the outstanding teachers and staff for the school year. How did they select the recipients? They were nominated. Then a written description of how the person met the qualifications was produced. These essays were submitted to a committee. Then the committee reviewed the written nominations and selected the recipients. I’m sure other school districts also do similar things.
So, what is a good teacher? Good teachers always know their subject matter and are competent in instructional techniques. Their students learn the subject matter. But most teachers do this. Truly excellent teachers also care about students and build good relationships with other staff and parents. They often go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the job, because they care.
This reminds me of Romans 15:14. In the verse, Paul is convinced the Romans are able to instruct each other. Why? Because they have something all good teachers have – goodness. They possess moral excellence. Their relationships are beneficial to others, not irritating or abusive. Here’s how Paul said it, ” I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.”(NIV)
The Lord’s Spirit works to produce moral excellence in us. Today, follow his lead to be good.
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