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5 Qualities of a Great Teacher : For Healthy Teacher-Student Relationship

Updated on November 19, 2017
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Chitrangada has deep understanding of teacher-student relationship due to her teaching experience. A teacher must lead by example !

5th Sept. Teacher's Day In India!

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."

~~Brad Henry

A teacher is a friend and a guide
A teacher is a friend and a guide | Source
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A teacher must be patient with the students | Source

How To Be A Great and not only Good Teacher


Teacher' s day is celebrated all over the world, but on different dates. It is celebrated to honour the invaluable contribution of teachers to the society.

In India it is celebrated on the 5th of September, the birthday of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, a great teacher, philosopher, statesman, and former President of India.

Who is a good teacher?

A good teacher leaves an impact on a student' s life and character. There are some teachers, for whom the students have extreme respect and they consider them as role models and mentors.

Whereas, there are others who are not much appreciated by the students and are considered burdensome sometimes boring by the students.

Here it is important to mention about the GURU-SHISHYA Parampara, which was prevalent in the ancient Indian culture. When the students used to live in GURUKULS, and they respected and revered their Gurus so much that they placed them above their parents.

Now, what qualities should a teacher have to be considered as an ideal by the students!

Teacher student bond can remain for life
Teacher student bond can remain for life | Source
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Interactive methods of teaching | Source

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What are the qualities of a good teacher, source: YouTube

What are the qualities of a good teacher?

1. Be a good listener:


In order to have a strong Teacher-Student relationship, the teacher should not only speak and deliver lectures, but also listen to his/ her students.

The teacher should make every student respond and feel free to communicate. What happens that the brighter students pick up easily and are quick to communicate or ask their doubts, but the shy or the mediocre students are not good in communicating their doubts.

The real challenge for a teacher is to uplift the backward students. Encourage them and push them so that they too can excel in academics and other extra curricular activities.

In my teaching career I had many examples of mediocre students who did well with a little push and encouraging words.

2. Be a Role Model:


Students always look up to the teacher for guidance and support not only in their academic life but also in their personal problems.

As a teacher they have faith and trust in you and a good teacher lives up to the trust of his students. The teacher must lead by example by showing his/ her confidence, patience, perseverance, hard work and focused approach.

3. Know each student' s capabilities:

A good teacher knows that no two student can be alike. Some are good in academics while the other may be good in Sports. The teacher should avoid comparisons and like a good mentor, try to bring out the best from each of his/ her students.

4. Cultivate Curiosity:


Children or students are by nature curious and inquisitive. A good teacher does not suppress the curiosity of the students. Rather he/ she encourages them to ask questions and gives satisfying answers.

For this reason a good teacher must have mastery of his subject and also what is happening around.

5. Make Teaching Interactive and Fun:


A good teacher does lot of experiments, to make learning fun, exciting, and lasting.

Sometimes classrooms are boring for students. But lessons can also be taught outside classrooms. For example in a garden.

Students do not like monotony, as such changing the location, being interactive, learn by fun methods should be applied by the teacher.

A good teacher is the one who gives his students to take home, something to think about and not only Homework.

Teaching by Interactive methods
Teaching by Interactive methods | Source
Definition of a teacher precisely
Definition of a teacher precisely | Source

Quotes:

'The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.'

~~Elbert Hubbard

Teacher-Student bond
Teacher-Student bond | Source

The Guru- Shishya Parampara of Ancient India

The Guru-Shishya Parampara or The Teacher-Student Lineage of Ancient India denotes a Spiritual relationship between the teacher and the students.

In those days, a student or the Shishya compulsorily had to live at the Gurukul or the teacher' s ashram.

The knowledge was imparted not only by books but by day today activities.

The relationship between the teacher and the student was pious, genuine, and full of commitment for each other.

So pure and devoted was the relationship that the Guru selflessly transmitted and imparted all his Gyana or the knowledge to his disciple or Shishya.

The student eventually mastered all the knowledge given by his teacher.

Such examples are rare these days. It needs commitment from both the student and the teacher to achieve this kind of relationship.

To conclde on a positive note, it is the teacher who must lead by example.

Chitrangada Sharan

"Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that's not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbour. Often times it is a teacher."

~~Joe Manchin

What Makes A Teacher Great, Source: You tube

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Are you in touch with your favourite teachers even after leaving school? Please share your views in the Comments section.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Sukhdev Ji for your insightful comments!

      I agree with your observations and this is sad but true. Thankfully there are still teachers who are very much involved with their students and take pains for that.

      Even I think that coaching classes are an added burden to the already exhaustive course material and lined up competitive examinations.

      Thanks for sharing your valuable opinion that adds to value of this hub!

      Thanks again!

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      srsddn 5 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Chitrangada, I started my career as a teacher and can appreciate the qualities you have mentioned about a great teacher. Unfortunately, there is a shift in approach from qualitative to quantitative. It has resulted into proliferation of private coaching even at young age. Also, many a times it is oriented towards cracking competitive examinations. This paradigm shift seems to have set in a rat race. But still there are good teachers who believe in imparting qualitative education. I only wish there is a reversal of values in teaching and teacher-student relationships. Thanks for sharing your views on a great teacher.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 8 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Jesa for reading and commenting on this hub! Truly appreciated!

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      Jesa 8 months ago

      I like to read the qualities of a good teacher.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Suzette Walker, for your kind visit and comments!

      Being a teacher yourself, you obviously understand that a devoted teacher must have the above mentioned qualities. A good teacher inspires the student and even mediocre students can perform well with the guidance of the teacher.

      I am glad that you liked the hub. Thanks again!

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      suzettenaples 2 years ago

      Being a teacher, I cannot agree with you more. You have listed the essential qualities of a great teacher. To inspire students to grow and become lifong learners is what teaching is all about. Learning about the gurukuls was very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Sunil, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      My own experience as a teacher prompted me to write this hub. Teachers have a great impact on the students. Times have changed, but if the teacher is sincere towards his/ her profession, they can build small children into responsible, honest and good human beings.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you ARUN KANTIji, for reading this hub and appreciating it. I agree with your views and thanks for the link. It is wonderful.

      Thanks!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      A well written hub and a great topic to debate upon. You have narrated things well and simply. All will love and enjoy this as the topic is very relevant and touching everyone. A teacher is a role modal for all students and they are cultivating the good education and good habits. If they go wrong, no double it will affect the students well. Thank you for this post.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you for the excellent hub. With social degradation the quality of teachers and the taught has dwindled away to abnormally low in general. I have tried to portray the scenario half a century back for which the link is given: https://hubpages.com/education/RESPECT-FOR-THE-TEA...

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Hollie, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      I am glad that this article has helped you. Wish you and your daughter all the best. Thanks for sharing the link as well.

      Have a good day!

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      Hollie 3 years ago

      I’m glad that I stumbled upon this article, because I’m thinking of paying for in-home tutoring Vancouver services for my daughter who is currently in grade 7. I believe that these qualities of a great teacher are the same things that make a great tutor. While I was doing an online search for in-home tutors here in Vancouver, I found this website: http://mygradebooster.com/vancouver-tutors-princip... I was impressed by the explanation I found there about the important principles tutors should have and implement.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Harishprasad, for your visit and appreciation!

      I am glad you liked the points in this hub, which is purely based on my experiences as a teacher.

      Many thanks for your positive feedback!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Very interesting hub, especially the first point of this hub is remarkable and is worth-noting by all teachers. You have hinted about the important traits needed in a teacher. Yes, a teacher equiped with such qualities can alter the lives of students in a great way.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks JPSO138, for reading this hub and your positive feedback!

      It's a pleasure to know about your contributions as a teacher. Good teachers have great impact on the life of a student.

      Thanks for your appreciation and the vote up!

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      JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I have been conducting training and teaching people for the last 10 years and I do agree with you. Great hub and voted up for this.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks LKMoreo1, for reading the hub and your kind comments!

      I am glad to hear that your sister has all the qualities of a good teacher. This profession requires lot of commitment and hard work.

      Thanks for your appreciation and for the 'Follow' as well!

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      CS,

      The qualities you have chosen to focus on are perfect. My sister is a teacher. She finds it important to know all of her students very well and encourages their curiosity. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Suzanne Day!

      Thanks for reading this hub and your thoughtful comments!

      You are right, most teachers need to develop these essential skills in order to be a great teacher.

      Thanks again!

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      Suzanne Day 4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      All very good points in how to be a good teacher. Definitely children seek out listeners and those who cultivate curiosity. Unfortunately, there are many teachers out there today without these essential skills. I hope that more people who want to become teachers will read this hub!

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Voted Up! You listed very good qualities. Cultivating curiosity is important, but sometimes difficult for me because the children's interest are so different from what I expect. Still, teachers have to try.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi MarleneB!

      Thanks for reading the hub and appreciating! You are right that communication is most important.

      I am glad you liked it, thanks!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      These are all wonderful qualities for a good teacher. For me, communication is very important in making sure all the other elements work well. Excellent hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Schoolmom24, for your visit and insightful comments!

      Mother is the first teacher of a child and you are doing a wonderful job. Because no one can be as good as the mother and your children will always respect you for that.

      I agree with you that these are invaluable traits for a teacher and the world needs more teachers with these attributes.

      Thanks for voting up!

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      Schoolmom24 4 years ago from Oregon

      All five of these are invaluable traits to have as a teacher! I remember my favorite teacher that I had as a child and the world needs more teachers with these attributes. I use to teach preschool and always wanted to make each child feel special. I currently am my children's teacher at home but they also occasionally take classes and hope they encounter these kinds of teachers! Voted up! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Bobbi Purvis!

      Thanks for your visit and valuable comments!

      I agree with you that wonderful teachers are always remembered and respected by their students.

      Thanks for the follow and I am humbled by your nice words in the fan mail. Thank you!

      Have a good day!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I remember all my wonderful teachers and the gift each gave me as they taught and inspired me to research and studies. They are respected, loved and remembered by all their students.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks thelyricwriter, for reading the hub and your positive feedback!

      Its always a pleasure to have support from you. I am glad you found the hub useful.

      Teachers definitely have a very important role in shaping up the personality and characteristics of a student, besides the learning.

      Thanks for your support!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and shared on FB. I love this article:) Teachers play a vital role in the success of a child. Others may disagree and say that the parents do, but teachers shape the child for learning. As children, we never realize the importance of learning. Very important qualities for sure.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Vellur, for reading the hub and your appreciative comments!

      You are right, a teacher plays a very important role in the development of a student.

      Thanks for visiting this hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Vinaya, for visiting the hub and commenting!

      Good to know about Nepal and when it honours its teachers.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great write about the good qualities of a teacher. A teacher plays a very important role in the development of a student.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      In Nepal, there is no distinction between a Teacher and a Guru. That's the reason why Guru Purnima is also a Teacher's Day in Nepal.

      We honored our teachers on July 22, on Guru Purnima.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks denise.w.anderson, for reading the hub and sharing your experience! Its always a pleasure to have your comments.

      You are right, some teachers influence our character and personality so deeply, that it leaves an impact for our whole life. And such teachers possess qualities of a great teacher.

      Thank you so much for your visit and comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Devika!

      So nice to see you here! You are right, the teacher-student relationship is not the same as it used to be. A lot has changed in society and thus this has also been affected.

      Thanks for your visit and insightful comments!

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      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I will forever remember some of the teachers I had during my school years. The thing that stands out the most is the personal relationship I had with them. I knew that they cared about me and I wanted to do my best for them. I have seen the same thing in my children's relationships with their teachers. Some teachers have a gift when it comes to relating with the students, and they help them to do their best, no matter what it is.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Excellent write up on the qualities of a good teacher, it is so often not seen in some cases, a useful and interesting hub