Stating that good teachers are born and not made renders personality the sole characteristic determining teachers’ success. Bearing in mind the attractive image of a teacher as an entertainer, it is not hard to agree with the statement, however, at the cost of condemning excellent educators who do not possess the capability to enliven crowds. Even though students certainly like teachers who make them laugh, amusement does not necessarily imply the occurrence of learning. However, even an ability to teach is a problematic aspect since it relies on the idea of transmitting knowledge directly from a teacher to students. This is often not the case in an effective classroom environment in which students take the responsibility for their own education.

A concept perhaps more apt for defining a teacher is that of a provider of suitable learning conditions. This foregrounds students’ needs while placing emphasis on characteristics sustaining progress. For…

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