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    What does it take to be a good instructor? What are the qualities needed, can these qualities be learned.
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    Paitence, above all else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Broad
    What does it take to be a good instructor? What are the qualities needed, can these qualities be learned.
    You would need to be empathetic, motivation, to be an active listener, people person. You need to understand andb e able to be able to analyze everything you are teaching. ANd most of all you need patience.
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    I think good teachers are born with it.......you can list the qualities, but sometimes there is something extra you cant put your finger on.

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    I think there are those who are natural teachers and those who need to work at it.

    In my class of yellow belts, I have 2 or 3 who are natural teachers. They learn it and are ready to show others. If they see someone who needs help, they automatically offer their assistance.

    When I was a brown belt, I always had my eye on the rest of the class to see who needed help. There was another gal in the class who outranked me, but if she noticed someone who needed help, she was good at hiding it because she never went over to help.

    I think people can learn to be adequate teachers.

    Flexibility, confidence and the ability to recognize when someone is hearing you and when your words are falling on deaf ears is essential.

    And you have to be aware of the details and be able to back up what you say. You have to be able to answer the question, "Why?"

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    An instructor needs an understanding of what is being taught, but most importantly the instructor needs to be able to relay that information in a concise and coherent manner that will be effectively recieved by the student. ...... and patience is good too. =) ...and character... and being fair and reasonable...amongst other things.
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    The ability to decipher what kind of learner your student is. Some people are visual learners, they need to see something being done to learn it easily. Others learn best by hearing something explained in detail, not just how to do something but why. Others learn best by doing and all the showing and telling wont help as much as having them do it.
    I think many Instructors teach in the same fashion which is easiest for them to learn in. The ability to identify what kind of learner your student is and adapt your teaching accordingly is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of teaching in my humble opinion.
    I think all these methods should be used in teaching but by identifying which is the mode your student learns best with you can make the process much smoother.
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    All are great answers, thanks for sharing everyone. Does anyone else have anything to add?
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    A good teacher should be all that has been mentioned above. I also believe a teacher should be able to read their student, spot their main weakness, and help them become as strong in that aspect as they are in the other areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpat01
    I also believe a teacher should be able to read their student, spot their main weakness, and help them become as strong in that aspect as they are in the other areas.
    ...in that case let me point out that......................just kidding. You were scared there for a minute though weren't you. LOL.
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    All really great answers but somehow the obvious was missed. How about having significant knowledge of what they are teaching - and no you cannot take that for granted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc
    All really great answers but somehow the obvious was missed. How about having significant knowledge of what they are teaching - and no you cannot take that for granted.
    that is very true

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    An instructor needs an understanding of what is being taught, but most importantly the instructor needs to be able to relay that information in a concise and coherent manner ..
    "Knowledge is not enough, you must apply"- Bruce Lee. Very true IMHO. You can have all the martial art knowledge in the world but if you can't effectively relay it to another it is useless to anyone but you.

    IMHO =)
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