"Empathy and emotional intelligence are the keys to what our blogger calls "the T Factor."
"While watching a brilliant teacher in action, you too may have wondered: 'What is it that makes them excellent?'
Do we, as an educational community actually realise what makes a true teacher? Is it purely down to perfect pedagogy, rigorous planning and assessing, diligent resource making and clever behaviour management; or is there something more?
As important as all of the above are in excellent teaching, I believe that there is something else, something as of yet not commonly talked about, and it’s called the “T Factor!”
In my experience, teachers with the T Factor, run a happy, high achieving environment in which the pupils feel content, valued and achieve high respective standards academically and behaviourally. These teachers create a sense of awe and wonder to develop enquiring minds with an insatiable thirst for learning that endures.
'So, what is the mystical T Factor?' I hear you say. Well, put simply, the T Factor is ultimately the teacher’s ability to progressively build, maintain and reinforce high quality educational attachment relationships (linked to the principles of John Bowlby’s attachment theory http://goo.gl/xQEX ). This, in its infancy, can be termed rapport; however, as this is built upon, a quality psychological connection or attachment relationship conducive to learning and attuned interaction is developed and strengthened."