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1. Characteristics of Great Teachers

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1. Characteristics of Great Teachers

Post by dah_men on Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:00 am

1. Characteristics of Great

Great teachers set high
expectations for all students
. They expect that all
students can and will achieve in their classroom, and they don't give up on

Great teachers have clear,
written-out objectives.

Effective teachers have lesson plans that give students a clear idea of what
they will be learning, what the assignments are and what the grading policy is.
Assignments have learning goals and give students ample opportunity to practice
new skills. The teacher is consistent in grading and returns work in a timely

Great teachers are
prepared and organized.
They are in their classrooms
early and ready to teach. They present lessons in a clear and structured way.
Their classrooms are organized in such a way as to minimize distractions.

Great teachers engage
students and get them to look at issues in a variety of ways.
Effective teachers use facts as a starting point, not
an end point; they ask "why" questions, look at all sides and
encourage students to predict what will happen next. They ask questions
frequently to make sure students are following along. They try to engage the
whole class, and they don't allow a few students to dominate the class. They
keep students motivated with varied, lively approaches.

Great teachers form strong
relationships with their students and show that
they care about them as people. Great teachers are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and
caring. Teachers with these qualities are known to stay after school and make
themselves available to students and parents who need them. They are involved
in school-wide committees and activities, and they demonstrate a commitment to
the school.

Great teachers are masters
of their subject matter.
exhibit expertise in the subjects they are teaching and spend time continuing
to gain new knowledge in their field. They present material in an enthusiastic
manner and instill a hunger in their students to learn more on their own.

Great teachers communicate
frequently with parents.
reach parents through conferences and frequent written reports home. They don't
hesitate to pick up the telephone to call a parent if they are concerned about
a student.

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