The Twelve Virtues of a Good Teacher

When it comes to being Christian teachers, there exists a certain aura of talent that somehow manages to find its way from the depth of our souls to the output of our abilities. Many times we find ourselves thinking so far outside the box so as to reach our students that our own original ideas mutate into something much more creative, much more dynamic, and much more meaningful than we could ever plan. Little by little, one thing turns into another until we find that, over the course of several months, we ourselves are evolving into effective and affective teachers. Through these experiences we come to the realization that over time, we become better by the messages that come from God in the form of Virtues. These virtues are communicated to us through the language of our faith in prayer and action,

As we look at the following list of these virtues, let’s take a few moments to reflect on how we have been able to demonstrate them in our classroom. I’d be willing to bet that we do most of them without even noticing.

Also, if there are any more Virtues you feel are missing from the list, please write your ideas underneath this entry in the comments sections.

The 12 Virtues of a Good TeacherSeriousness: that which is of importance, grave, critical, or somber.
Silence: absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern
Meekness: humbly patient or docile
Humility: modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance
Prudence: caution with regard to practical matters; discretion
Reserve: formality and self-restraint in manner and relationship
Wisdom: The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight
Zeal: fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.
Vigilance: watchfulness
Piety: reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations
Generosity: readiness or liberality in giving
Patience: quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care

List taken from “Collection of Various Short Treatises” published by Saint John Baptist De La Salle in 1711

So what other Virtues are we missing? Please write your comments below.

May Jesus live in our hearts forever!

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