De La Salle believed that the essential attitudes for becoming a good teacher are:
- Knowing each student as an individual and being interested in their whole life.
- Trying to see in each student the image and likeness of God.
- Being willing to try to maintain an open and friendly relationship with each student.
- Being willing to teach by witnessing to the values taught.
- Being open to asking God’s help to overcome difficulties, misunderstandings, or lack of easy contact with some students.
- Being willing to recognize that close association with fellow teachers and sharing ideals with them is a way of being mutually supportive in the ministry of teaching.
De La Salle named twelve qualities that every good teacher should possess:
“You, too, can perform miracles by touching the hearts of those entrusted to your care.”
De La Salle
Adapted from original material created by the Brothers of Christian Schools, District of San Francisco. www.delasalle.org Used with permission.