Attributes of Great Teachers
There are many aspects to being a good teacher, such as loving the age group that you teach. It takes patience and a willingness to put the time in because the work does not end when the classroom empties.
Great teachers tend to work tirelessly, and they will create an environment in the classroom that is challenging for their students. They understand the impact they have on each child.
Obviously, some teachers are mediocre, but if a teacher is very satisfied they tend to be great. Teachers typically love their job. In public schools, job satisfaction is about 90%, and in private schools, it is 95%. When a teacher’s job satisfaction is high there is a positive effect on the educational outcomes of their students. Successful students are the goal of any teacher.
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. ---Brad Henry
Top 10 Qualities of an Effective Teacher
Attributes of a Successful Teacher
- A great teacher makes the children feel they belong and creates a sense of unity.
- The teacher respects each student and creates mutual respect in the classroom environment. They develop a strong rapport with the student, which will establish a trusting relationship.
- The teacher will value student ideas, and those students feel free to express their ideas.
- The great teacher is a skilled leader.
- A good teacher must engage and hold the attention of her students.
- Expectations are held high for each student.
- The teacher must have very effective disciplinary skills, but she must award positive behaviors.
- Good classroom management skills are a must for the great teacher as this will promote good student behavior.
- The great teacher will make every effort to have open communication with parents keeping them informed of any problem with their child. Teachers must be available for phone calls or meeting with their parents.
- The teacher must have a thorough understanding of the school’s curriculum and any other standards required by the school.
- Flexibility is also required when a lesson plan just is not working.
- The outstanding teacher has a love of learning that will inspire their students with their enthusiasm.
- The teacher will collaborate with their colleagues regularly.
- The great teacher will always be professional in every area, which includes their personal appearance and their preparedness for each day.
How to be a Good Teacher
Problems Teachers Face
There is always teacher shortages, and high schools in the west and the south have the largest shortages. Some teachers have complained about salaries. Grade school teachers typically earn from $42,000 to $77,000, and high school salaries range from $52,000 to $79,000, depending on the state where they live, Massachusetts and New York are the higher paying states.
Many teachers feel there is not enough time for teamwork as there is such a strong focus on student performance. Teamwork skills need to be developed in grade school. Teachers also have little time to even take a restroom break in many cases.
Teachers are often frustrated with the lack of parent involvement. The teacher must talk to parents with diplomacy as well.
Schools and district administrators require teachers to do a large volume of paperwork, which includes “grades and student growth indicators like SEL and collaboration”. This paperwork takes time away from time to prepare classwork for the students.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
--William Arthur Ward
A great teacher knows that each child is different, and they learn at different speeds, which causes problems with a fixed curriculum. Teachers must tailor the content for each subject to meet the very different needs of their students. Some people learn by just seeing or hearing, while some do better if they say it or write out what they need to learn.
A teacher really cannot have a bad day. At least no one can know if she does since she must leave any baggage outside the school doors. We should be grateful for all the teachers do for our children. Their commitment to the children is excellent for most teachers.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Pamela Oglesby