A teacher's professional knowledge of their subject area, or the given curriculum is not the only thing that makes them an exemplary teacher. At Hills Adventist College we believe exemplary teachers are able to share their passion in their area of expertise as well as build strong and meaningful relationships with their students.
In doing this they create an environment that encourages an equally valid and critical type of learning for their students – social learning.
Children, particularly as they move into adolescence, look for role models to direct their actions, values and social behaviour. Our staff are committed to being positive role models who want to provide positive experiences for students that involve them; rather than from just being told how to behave and what is the “right” way to think. This is why we consider service such a fundamentally important aspect of our College, and why we encourage our students to reach out to their community locally, nationally and internationally.
Students frequently tell us that for them what makes a good teacher is one who is passionate and interested in what they teach as well as who they teach. Likewise, a good coach is recognised for his or her investment in a team, and a good mentor is one who goes the extra mile to find out that little bit more about each child in their care.
We know that all children need help and practice to learn respect, sensitivity, self-discipline, and responsibility. The kind of intellectual, social, and moral development that young children need as they begin the journey of discovery and adolescents require, especially in a technology-driven culture, must come from teachers who themselves are critical thinkers and who demonstrate the respect and responsibility they hope to instil in their students.
Good teachers are available and engaged but exemplary teachers are also approachable and trustworthy. They make time for reflection, behave ethically and have warmth in their disposition; they ask questions about each student’s interests, what they like to do, their goals and their setbacks. In doing this, they build a relationship of mutual trust and understanding that enables student’s to develop their own identity and sense of self without fear of criticism or judgement.