Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Creative teachers versus competent teachers

2.1 Creative Teacher Vs. Competent Teacher
Teachers generally need to start from the basis that, the quality of their relationship with their pupils is all-important. Nothing should be allowed to endanger this trust. Research suggests that, good teachers need to understand the simple fact that some factors need to be considered before they can teach successfully. These show that teaching is far more than standing up in front of a class, relating facts to pupils. Teaching is also about understanding individuals and groups of pupils (Olaogun, Fowowe and Ashimolowo, 2014).

The teacher as a professional, has to employ his professional skills and knowledge to develop and maturate the pupils so as to bring about complete, total change and transformation. A lazy teacher therefore indisputably will definitely reproduce lazy pupils who will find it difficult to cope with the rigours of their academic pursuit and finally become dropouts, social-misfits and non-achievers (Gidado 2007).

2.1.1 Who is a Creative Teacher?

According to Opinmi (2007), a creative teacher is the one who makes use of his God-given talent in the teaching profession to bring out multi-faceted benefits to the recipients of his services (both primary and secondary beneficiaries). He does not allow distractors to determine his focus and goal but always dynamic, self-principled, well-articulated and focused. He always believes in his God-given prowess to make things happen. He will never occupy the seats of spectators, but always acting and playing active roles. He makes things happen in the classroom by promoting active perception, participation and active acting.

2.1.2 Who is a Competent Teacher?
A competent teacher is a creative teacher who possesses all the characteristics of a creative teacher plus thoroughness and totality in whatever things he does. He does not believe in doing things lackadaisically, haphazardly and absent-mindedly. The competent teacher does not give room for incomplete task. He is absolutely implicit.
Whenever he teaches, he tries to ensure a total effect on the lives of the pupils. He is never satisfied with his work until his pupils are convincingly satisfied. The desire and aspiration of his pupils make up his vision (Opinmi, 2007).

However, there are some teachers who are docile, dull, distractive and negatively-dogged whose roles are found to be counter-productive in the school system. The new trend is that the responsibility to create achievement for every child in the school lies with the teacher and the environment the teacher creates in the classroom, and now with the child.

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