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Twelve Virtues Of A Good Teacher

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How many of these mistakes do you make when teaching?


Almost everyone makes a few. But they’re usually correctable.

Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher identifies them, gets to the cause, and provides easy-to-apply solutions . . .

  • Neglecting discipline in order to be popular with your students
  • Showing strength and firmness without charity and humility
  • Indulging in so much zeal for sports, games, and other extracurricular activities that you signal to the kids that studies aren’t as important
  • Basing your teaching (often without realizing it) on the latest educational fads and theories
  • Going into class unprepared (it can cause lasting damage)
  • Failing to establish clear classroom rules and procedures — or not sticking to them once made
  • Neglecting to set aside time for classroom prayer, or to encourage your students to pray on their own
  • Making yourself and your personality, instead of the subject matter, the object of the lesson
  • Failing to adapt your teaching strategy to the age and ability of your students
  • Expecting a reward from your students (everything, even requiring a simple “thank you” from youngsters, should be done for their formation — not for you)
  • Resorting to derision and sarcasm in your dealings with your students
  • Making rash judgments about student behavior
  • Lapsing into clownishness to keep students’ attention — or, on the other hand, having a “countenance like a jail door”

Even if you see yourself in just a few of these teaching pitfalls (as every honest teacher will), you’ll find here practical and specific ways to become a better educator. The advice that Brother Luke M. Grande, FSC, gives you doesn’t come just from his own experience: it’s derived from what was common wisdom in the Catholic schools back when they were bastions of academic excellence. One of his key sources (besides Sacred Scripture) is St. John Baptist de La Salle’s classic Conduct of the Christian Schools.

As useful as it is in helping you avoid educational blunders, this book isn’t just about how what not to do. It’s a complete blueprint for becoming a good teacher. Or even a great one. Drawing freely from his venerable Catholic sources, Brother Luke brings you practical guidance on how to ground your teaching in twelve virtues that effective teachers have cultivated for centuries: wisdom, prudence, piety, zeal, generosity, justice, kindness, firmness, humility, patience, seriousness, and silence. Here are just a few samples of the many questions that he answers and points he clarifies:

  • Common sense about corporal punishment: should it be used? If so, when and how?
  • Should you be your students’ friend? The benefits, risks, and limits
  • How your influence with your students reaches far beyond anything you’re teaching them — and how you make sure you’re using that influence for good
  • The one thing you need above all in order to keep firm control of your classes at all times
  • Why are you teaching? The single goal that should be the focus of all your educational efforts
  • Three essential characteristics of the good Christian teacher, and how you can develop them
  • Education in God’s design: why it’s so important for you to teach all your subjects and lessons with God at the center (plus tips on how you can do so)
  • Have you lost your sense of proportion? Why this happens so often to teachers, and what you can do about it
  • The snowballing effect of impatience — and how you can conquer it
  • “Worldly wisdom” vs. true Wisdom: how to gain a firm grasp of the differences (and to make sure that your students know them, too)
  • How to cut your discipline problems in half — before you ever enter the classroom
  • Two things you must never do if you hope to gain (and keep) your students’ confidence
  • Class rules: how many do you really need? Three things you should keep in mind as you plan them
  • Why St. John Baptist de la Salle placed teaching second in importance only to the priesthood
  • How you can inspire so much confidence and trust in your students that they’ll freely come to you with their problems
  • When you should (and shouldn’t) schedule conferences with parents — and why it matters

    “Perhaps in no other field of work does a deadly self-complacency set in, and in no other is there more need for a constant renewal through self-examination. All teachers need to measure themselves frequently against the twelve virtues offered here for contemplation, virtues not discovered by Brother Luke but originally selected as a teacher’s code by St. John Baptist de la Salle for his Brothers of the Christian Schools in the eighteenth century . . . If teachers could see themselves as their students see them, what a lesson in humility they would learn!” — Sign


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