"What makes a good teacher great is recognizing that knowledge is not a product. That teaching a process where a student knows as much as a teacher, and they communicate to produce knowledge. A student has to be able to create a picture by themselves. If I am not able to explain in my own words and by my own reality what is the knowledge I am acquiring, I am not learning anything. If you give freedom to students to get there by their own means, maybe they can find new ways that you as a teacher wouldn’t expect. So a good teacher is like that. He is a good storyteller. A good storyteller lets you imagine by yourself.
Also, a teacher stands out if he does more than he is expected to. My high school English teacher was outstanding. She did more than what she was expected to do, she made us think, she made us be creative. She made us see a language as something you enjoy. For example, she made us sing, she made us stage the plays, written by her; she made us talk in English about things that happened in our country. For many of my classmates it was too much because it required some effort. But what a good teacher does is “pulling out” more from you. Great teachers didn’t agree with my level of ideas, they made me go beyond that. I think it’s hard for a teacher to do that. Especially considering that teachers have administrative hours, many students at the same time. But if a teacher manages to do that, it has to be celebrated." (Juan Miguel, Costa Rica)
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