Golden Link School                                                                                                                 Qualities of a Good Teacher

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Perhaps teaching English or Math may not be your life mission.

Intelligent

The spirit of excellence is in itself a quality of intelligence. But I would like to mention two more qualities in intelligence.

The first is intellectual activeness. A willingness to learn, to inquire, to pursue a thread of inquiry or a subject.

Perhaps the opposite of this is mental lethargy, lack of mental energy. There is no drive to discover, to find out, to inquire. There are a number of reasons for this. One of them is health. The qi (or vital energy) is not circulating smoothly throughout the body, especially the brain. This is the reason for the need of some form of aerobic or qigong exercise, where the vital energy is sustained in its normal circulation.

This quality of mental activeness, curiosity and interest is the foundation of the many kinds of intelligences, identified by Howard Gardner as nine kinds: kinesthetic, linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, intrapersonal, interpersonal, spatial, naturalistic and existential. All of  these involve an active interest or curiosity that makes one excel in one’s field.

Creative

The quest for excellence necessarily entails creativity — the quality of openness, inquisitiveness, a willingness to try new approaches and methods, a willingness to make mistakes. One does not fear the thoughtless judgments of bystanders who find it easy to criticize the setbacks of others but not dare to do it themselves.