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Characteristics of Great Teachers

Post by dah_men on Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:01 am

Characteristics of Great Teachers

There are three major characteristics that a
good teacher needs:

1) good interpersonal relations;

2) be able to relate to students'

3) professionalism

* Good
Interpersonal Relations

1. Promotes student sharing
and collaboration

A good teacher will
promote good relationships among the students by encouraging collaboration and
sharing. S/he will promote pair and group work in the classroom. A good teacher
knows that students must take responsibility for their own learning and
therefore encourages them to contribute to the class experience.

2. Classroom management

Effective classroom
management is an essential part of a good teacher's role. Discipline has to be
dealt with along with personality conflicts. Establish rules and expectations
the first day. The rules should be clear, concise and administered fairly and
consistently. Students need to take risks n order to learn, therefore the good
teacher will create a comfortable, positive and secure classroom.

3. Good student and
co-worker rapport

S/he will have good
rapport with the students which means knowing their names, being attentive and
responsive to all students and setting boundaries for appropriate behaviors. It
is important to know and show concern for each student, not just those who are
the brightest, the most vocal or with behavior problems.

A good teacher
is enthusiastic about his/her job and goes about it in a dynamic, confident
manner. S/he must also be able to work well with other teachers, supervisors
and administrators. Appearance is important as well. Never let students sense
that you are angry, frustrated or confused and never openly get angry with
students. Try to stay calm and relaxed.

* Relate to Students' Needs

In order for learning to
take place the teacher must be able to help the student understand the purpose
of the lesson and to relate to the students needs. Different individuals have
different learning
so the teacher will need to adapt the teaching to the learning style
of the student. Lessons need to be devised in a way that will reflect what is
known about learning strategies. It is also important to promote self-learning
skills in order for the student to be able to learn independently. There are
social, psychological and personality factors that affect learning. The good
teacher will be able to identify and respond to these individual student
factors. S/he will never belittle a student because everyone deserves respect
no matter what age. S/he will always look and act in control but will not
threaten students.

* Professionalism

A teacher is a
professional and needs to act accordingly. S/he is willing to seek and/or
accept feedback from colleagues and supervisors. A good teacher is able to
express him/herself clearly in oral and written communication. One needs to
identify any factors which help or hinder their development as a teacher.

As a professional the teacher
will comply with the policies, procedures and requirements of the particular
school in which s/he is teaching. Punctuality, reliability, appearance and
behavior are all a part of professional conduct. Appropriate relations are to
be maintained at all times with students, colleagues, the institution and the

Teaching is hard
work. The better prepared the teacher is, the better the outcome. College
classes will prepare the teacher in the subject(s) to be taught, but experience
is what it takes to become a really good teacher.

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