Teaching should be about transferring passion and enthusiasm for a subject, not just knowledge. Imagine excellent teaching as resonance in Physics — where passion for the subject material is manifested as powerful sound waves emanating from the teacher. Each student is tuned to vibrate most intensely at a certain frequency, and each subject in school (biology, mathematics, art, music) has a wavelength associated with it.
The goal of teachers should be to belt out their particular frequency and watch to see who starts to vibrate.
The goal should not be to coldly convey enough information to prepare for an exam. The world is full of A-students with no interest in the subjects they supposedly “excelled” in while in school. Human advancement is not forged by these people. True breakthroughs come from those who love what they do, and that love is what teachers are there to ignite and nurture.
Students of great teachers become infected by their subject, like a magical spell that lasts a lifetime. They can’t turn away from television programs related to the field and they can’t read enough books about it. This is exactly how it should be. This is the standard that teachers should strive for.: