The best attitude of the teacher is the enthusiasm (A=E)
| Luis Lanepal - 01 May 2022

The teacher's enthusiasm is the most direct way to achieve the enthusiasm of his or her students.

Without forgetting the importance of other elements such as methodology, didactic resources or the multiple pedagogical tools; it is the teacher's attitude, in their daily practice, one of the most essential ways to make a difference, to maximise the learning of their students.

Don't "expect" it to be a good day, it is up to you to "make" it a good day.  There is a big difference, in the power of attitude. What happens to that teacher who arrives every morning with a smile on his face and leaves with a smile just as wide? He enjoys his job tremendously!  Enjoy what you do and, in addition, you will make others enjoy it with you. MOTIVATION is contagious.

Because if you have to do something, do it enjoying it. Teach with enthusiasm to engage students, arouse their curiosity and get their motivation going.

Enthusiasm in teachers is generally recognised as one of the most essential and desirable qualities and characteristics to be effective in their work. It often connotes a motivating, energetic, passionate and dynamic teaching style. An enthusiastic teacher tends to enliven his or her class with a high degree of enjoyment and expectation; he or she engages students and encourages them to explore. In this way, the teacher's enthusiasm arouses pupils' curiosity and triggers their motivation to learn. Teacher enthusiasm can lead to better evaluation of teaching, positive attitudes towards teachers, better student performance and better classroom behaviour.

Although students' behavioural, cognitive and emotional engagement can be influenced by other contextual factors, the teacher variable assumes a crucial role in determining students' engagement in the classroom. Teacher support and attention are central to student engagement.

There is a wide range of studies showing that the more enthusiastic and dynamic teachers were, the more engaged students were, behaviorally, cognitively and emotionally. This finding makes sense because student engagement is malleable and responsive to teachers' emotions and teaching styles, and positive emotions are likely to produce positive social behaviours. Thus, emotions may be produced internally, but they are largely shared and contagious, creating collective emotions. Consequently, this emotional engagement may also increase willingness to master more challenging tasks and stimulate greater cognitive engagement.

 Teacher enthusiasm serves as a positive external catalyst that facilitates students' interest, curiosity and intrinsic motivation to learn, whether consciously or unconsciously. As a result, they become more passionate and intrinsically motivated to master the task. Interestingly, the teacher's enthusiasm is not as significant an influence on learners' extrinsic motivation. Perhaps this is because students who are motivated by enthusiastic teachers are more oriented towards knowledge, competence and ability than towards grades or rewards.

While teacher enthusiasm is not a panacea for all classroom behavioural problems, it is a powerful source of behavioural, cognitive and emotional engagement of students.

You are not what you think, you are not even what you say. You are what you do, inspire by example. Good behaviours and appropriate use of social skills come from these equally positive emotions. If you want them to behave well, make them feel good. Conversely, teachers' negative emotions can lead to an increased presence of antisocial and disruptive behaviour.

As a primary school teacher for many years, I have seen the enormous influence my attitude has on my students.  My energy and the way I teach greatly affect the outcome of how and what my students learn.  My goals as a teacher, therefore, include teaching each subject with enthusiasm in an attempt to influence my students most positively and productively possible to increase their learning.

An enthusiastic teacher has energy, enjoys teaching, conveys a love for their subject, shows self-confidence, involves students in the teaching-learning process, demonstrates a high level of knowledge, improves student learning...

As a teacher, your state of mind influences you to be your best self. Being happy, having a smile on your face, being in a good mood... is a decision that makes the difference between being a teacher that your students want to be with and learn from or one that they don't want to be with and are counting the minutes until the class is over.

Our attitude in the face of difficulties is decisive, it will always give us more to look at it with optimism and provide solutions than with pessimism and enter into a loop with no way out. We must not deny reality, but let's not make a habit of living the negative over and over again; it can be very harmful. Let's live in the best possible way. 

Things are not always as we would like them to be. Of course, let's try to change and improve them, but it is the attitude itself that is the first step. Let's value the positive, and be enthusiastic both to enjoy what we like and to change what we don't like. It's not what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens to you.

We transmit our way of being and feeling to our students. When you are happy and in a good mood, half the difficulties disappear. We create in the classroom a microclimate of joy in experiences and enthusiasm for learning. Attitude is a decision that makes a difference to who we are as teachers and what we will experience in our classroom practices.

Often it is simply the attitude of the teacher that turns something ordinary into something extraordinary. What do you decide? How are you going to enter your classroom?


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