It is not rocket science... in fact, it's not science at all.
You want the key?
Inspire your students.
It's not what you know.
It's about what they're going to get the chance to know.
It's not whether or not you've got down pat the back, the front, sideways and the inside out of the subject you have to teach.
It's not whether or not you have adequately learned the right methodology to pass on your knowledge, nor is it most especially, whether or not you can describe the exact brain processes regarding the acquisition of knowledge.
Interesting, makes for great debate in the staff room or on blogs, but sincerely, what a waste of time.
Do you motivate your learners?
Do they ache to know what you know?
Do they come to class and at the start the lesson say "Miss, I thought about what you said yesterday, and I don't agree with you."
Do they raise their hands and say "Mr John, I believe that it can't work that way because..."
Do they challenge you to think about what you're sharing with them?
Do they say "Sir, I told my friend, Sue, all about what you said about blah and blah and we really agree: we looked it up on youtube last night and we watched a video from Harvard - we found out that..."
Do they talk about what they learned with each other?
Do they explore?
Do they take on an ownership of your words, your thoughts, your ideas, your learning and push these into new directions? Like the way you did with your own favorite teacher when you were a student?
Are you exciting a passion for learning in your students?
Do that and you'll be the most amazing teacher in their lives.
p.s. This was tweeted today by Mary Thumball and I just had to add it:
A teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but leads you to the threshold of your mind -Kahlil Gibran