Hey – you’re an expert! You’ve been to school so you should know what it is that causes students to hope they are in one teacher’s class and not in another. I’ve had a think on this and come up with the following list. I’d be interested to know if you agree with my ‘top 20’ qualities that make for a good teacher:
- Respects their students.
- Knows their students.
- Has a sense of humour.
- Has the gift of ‘relaxed control’.
- Is firm but fair.
- Is knowledgeable about their subject.
- Is empathetic and kind.
- Has high expectations.
- Keeps their students busy on meaningful tasks which the students recognise as being of value.
- Alters tasks within a lesson to keep the students engaged.
- Has a ‘presence’ and an aura of authority.
- Maintains a warm, positive and supportive culture.
- Gives encouragement.
- Sets appropriate rules and reinforces them.
- Creates a pleasant classroom environment.
- Is able to capture students’ interest and develop in them a desire to learn.
- Is able to vary their teaching style to appeal to the preferred learning style of all students.
- Is able to customise learning tasks for students of differing ability.
- Is able to make good use of contemporary technology to enrich their teaching.
- Walks on water.
Ok – so what would you put at number 20?
BE WARNED. TEACHERS NEVER DIE.
THEIR KNOWLEDGE, EXAMPLE AND VALUES
HAUNT THEIR STUDENTS FOREVER.