The Importance of Teacher Enthusiasm

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  • 0:01 What Is Enthusiasm?
  • 1:02 Why Teacher Enthusiasm Matters
  • 2:46 What Makes a Teacher…
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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

An enthusiastic teacher can make a tremendous difference in student motivation and engagement in regards to learning. This lesson gives you a chance to think about the importance of teacher enthusiasm, as well as how to cultivate an enthusiastic attitude about your teaching.

What Is Enthusiasm?

Ms. Jackson is a fifth grade teacher who has great relationships, or emotional connections, with her students, and is generally very successful at engaging them in learning. Recently, she has started working with student teachers, and finding herself explaining her practice in more detail. She recalls that over the course of her career, she has often been praised for being a particularly enthusiastic teacher.

This kind of teacher becomes energized about her students as well as her subject area and approaches teaching with excitement, hope, and charisma. Ms. Jackson thinks of enthusiasm as part of her personality, but also an intentional aspect of her teaching practice. The more she watches various student teachers work with students, the more convinced she becomes that enthusiasm can be a determining factor in a teacher's professional success. Ms. Jackson decides to work on figuring out what enthusiasm is all about, why it matters in a teacher, and how teachers can cultivate enthusiasm as a teaching disposition.

Why Teacher Enthusiasm Matters

Ms. Jackson begins her inquiry into enthusiasm by working on defining precisely why she believes it is an important characteristic for a teacher. She realizes that enthusiasm impacts teaching and learning in a variety of ways.

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