There is today much hypothesizing about how to train teachers. In my three decades in the classroom, I have supervised student teachers from a variety of universities. I am certain that the qualities, which enable this career, at least in part are found in erudition, skill and emotional discernment. Regardless of how teacher education is rendered, a truly successful educator answers in the affirmative the following questions, questions more easily asked than answered.
1) Does the teacher have a scholarly understanding of the field?
2) Can the teacher adequately plan, and capably deliver, a lesson?
3) Has the instructor mastered the skills of respectfully, but firmly, ordering a class and disciplining an individual?
4) Can this instructor find appropriate means to comfort him — or herself during times of great anxiety?
5) Does the teacher love the students?