Essay on What Makes A Good Teacher?

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Education would not exist without teachers, nor would students gain knowledge without effective teachers. But what makes a good teacher? A good teacher is someone who motivates their students to do the best they can, and to be independent thinkers. A student who is an independent thinker not only acknowledges the teachers lessons, but finds additional information outside of class. Independent thinkers are defined as people who change the way they think, and question authorities. Thomas G. Plummer, a professor at BYU, points out a problem called the “Ophelia Syndrome” in his article “Diagnosing and Treating the Ophelia Syndrome.” The “Ophelia” is described as a person who does not know their own thoughts or opinions, while the “Polonius” is an authority figure who claims to know the truth, meaning they tell the “Ophelia” what to think or feel (1). “Ophelia does not know what she should think, and Polonius, reducing her to the stature of a baby, presumes to tell her” (Plummer 1). Unfortunately in classrooms students are characterized as “Ophelia” and the teacher as “Polonius.” To stop the association of the “Ophelia Syndrome” in classrooms, students need an effective teacher who manages to strengthen independent thinking in students by including it in their lessons.
Teachers who desire independent thinking from their student’s first need to motivate their students. Explained by linguist James Paul Gee in his essay, “What Is Literacy?” he explains that “discourses” are used…

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