I think we can boil the desired results of “teacher” down to a few core obligations. An educator must arguably cause four things in learners:
1. greater interest in the subject and in learning than was there before, as determined by observations, surveys, and client feedback
2. successful learning related to key course goals, as reflected in mutually agreed-upon evidence
3. greater confidence and feelings of efficacy as revealed by student behavior and reports (and as eventually reflected in improved results)
4. a passion and intellectual direction in each learner
"It’s astonishing to me how many people develop their pet education theories assuming there is little or no interaction between motivation and learning, or that motivation is somehow outside the teacher’s job description. The assumption that motivation is entirely the student’s job leaves us no way to check ourselves for de-motivating pedagogy. If students don’t like sitting in warehouses, watching lecture videos, and clicking away at multiple choice questions, it’s either their own fault, or the fault of Miley Cyrus, social media, or Kids These Days, but not ours. Our theories can’t be impeached. We just need a better class of students."