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How to Be an Excellent Teacher

Updated on July 13, 2012
A excellent teacher demonstrates a caring nature and good character.
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Character Matters!

Think back to your grade school years and picture the teacher who made a positive difference in your life. What was impressive and memorable about this person? Most of us reflect upon a person who was caring and took time to notice our efforts at school. A person who not only educated us but also modeled excellence in life.

A teacher who is alert to the emotional needs of his students works to establish a nurturing environment in the classroom resulting in a strong teacher-student relationship. Each lesson is planned with diligent regard to stimulating student enthusiasm towards learning.

A teacher of character demonstrates care through her behavior and gestures toward students. As a teacher interacts with children even her expressions and tone of voice represent a caring nature. These attributes inspire success in students.

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Attributes Of An Excellent Teacher

A prepared and organized teacher exhibits competence and minimizes the need for discipline in the classroom. When a teacher is organized more time can be devoted to assisting students with actual learning.

A sense of humor is the mark of a confident teacher. The ability to add a touch of wit to learning situations is valuable in promoting good spirits and learning in the school room. A light hearted look at potentially embarrassing situations can help children to learn good social skills and build strong character.

I find students respect a teacher who can admit they made a mistake and one who apologizes quickly instead of ignoring the error. It is not easy to admit a mistake and sometimes it does hurt the ego, but in the long run you will only gain admiration and respect.

Creative teachers are ones that go the extra mile to enhance the learning. The time and effort to create a theme, such as in a preschool classroom dramatic play area, is so valuable in helping children to fully grasp a concept. As they play they are motivated to learn and they retain the lesson longer.

Lastly, a positive attitude is effective in keeping children interested and engaged in the classroom learning process. Students thrive under a teacher who notices the little things a child does well and capitalizes upon it with positive praise. It is amazing at how positive recognition changes behavior for a lifetime.

The link below is helpful in organizing basic classroom materials and supplies enabling a teacher to create a sense of balance in the school room and at home.

Student appreciation is a sign of an excellent teacher.
Student appreciation is a sign of an excellent teacher. | Source
Creating fun learning experiences promotes increased interest and retention of concepts.
Creating fun learning experiences promotes increased interest and retention of concepts. | Source

An Excellent Classroom Environment

When I begin a new semester I print out the roster and read the names of my students and try to commit them to memory for the first day of class. A name is important and it portrays a caring attitude when you can associate a name to a face on the first day. I also ask them to share bits about their personal life so that I can learn how to relate to them as the weeks pass. Showing interest in this way indicates you care and helps to build a relationship between you and your students.

Most beneficial to a classroom is establishing a sense of community with students and their parents. Creating an environment where children feel like part of a family is comforting and increases the feeling of safety. Reaching out to parents and keeping them involved in classroom activities will strengthen your educational programs.

An excellent teacher demonstrates character values that lead to excellence in learning. This type of environment promotes a successful experience for students. And from a student's perspective, this shows a teacher cares about the individual needs of each student and will only prove to inspire a lifetime of excellence.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Once again this hub is filled with wonderful information for teachers. Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Sturgeonl 4 years ago

      Nurturing a love for learning in students is so important because that is something children will take with them through life. Children today especially have to be life long learners and a good teacher recognizes that. Excellent hub and insight for teachers. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A must read for any new teacher....the first part about thinking back to a teacher who made a difference....that was the kind of teacher I told myself I would be. Great hub my friend!

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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for this public service my friend. We need more teachers with that kind of commitment. It took me back when I was working as a teacher's aid for the Special ED department, working with Autistic kids. Is true is the hardest work you'll ever love. The biggest tool in a teacher's arsenal is indeed love. Blessings.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      This should be required reading for all teachers. Up ,useful interesting and awesome.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      So well done--an important post here with tremendous points. I hope it will be highlighted many times over!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I appreciate your stopping in here, Kelley. It's a snapshot view of what it takes to be an excellent teacher; without character a teacher is just doing a job. Have a great day and enjoy your weekend. Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Children follow a teacher's example. Whatever a teacher portrays is what a child will learn through life. Your thoughts are so valued and appreciated, Sturgeonl. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I wish I would have been able to teach along side you, Bill. I am sure that I would have learned life lessons and educational instruction beyond the normal book learning. As it is, I am fortunate to have your thoughts and life sharing on HP. Thanks for the support.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ananceleste, it's good to see you here! There are lots of teachers with influence out there but when coupled with caring and love, you have an excellent role model for all students. Be blessed today.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Aaaah, thanks breakfastpop. I appreciate your coming over here to read and leave a comment. Thanks for the votes. See you at breakfast.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      RTalloni, thanks for your support and well wishes. I do hope it helps teachers to know they are valued as they care and nurture students. Have a great day, my friend.

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      To be an excellent teacher you must be prepared to step into the shoes of the parent for a few hours a day and give willingly of what you know. It is a tough job but rewards do come. Everything you said about being a good teacher is true because teachers do not only teach by curriculum, they also teach by example. How a teacher interacts with his/her students will teach them how to interact with others.

      Great hub, teaches12345!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great ideas. Thinking back I think it would have been so easy for teachers to be better instead of just treating it like a job, Substitutes seemed to be even worse! I had some very kind teachers but they still did not take the time to really interest me in anything. English, math, things like that I made straight A's without thinking and although I made top grades in all things I hated history, dates to memorize is all that was to me. Today I love history! Why did no teacher ever make is personal and interesting?

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You outline the characteristics well here. I do have a few teachers from elementary school that I still remember fondly. Good teachers can have a lasting impression. I vote up and will share as well.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Although I am usually a wordy person about education, and as a former teacher, I have but two words that, to me, make an excellent teacher...Fair and tough! My teachers that fit the bill, were just such people and I appreciated them the most, in the long run.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It is true, your students watch how you teach and react to their needs. They learn because they feel comfortable with their instructor. Great contribution, North Wind. I enjoyed your visit.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, Jackie! I had those teachers who taught because it was a paycheck. And, as you say, there are lots of nice teachers out there but it is way different from being a teacher who cares enough to challenge you. I had one history teacher who was amazing. He fought in the war and shared man stories about the era and went beyond that to interest in general history. I appreciate your thoughts here and thanks for stopping by.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It's those few teachers who take the time to mentor while teaching that make the difference. Glad you came by today, Christy. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great insight, whonunuwho. Teacher who let you know the rules and can still treat all students equally do make great impressions for a lifetime. I think I had a couple of those and still can hear them speaking in the background!

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      Jill Kostowskie 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I had a few teachers during my school years that really loved teaching. They really made a difference!! I hope my children get to experience that as they continue through school!! Great hub, voted up!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I hope your children get great teachers as well. It is a great blessing to have teachers who care about your child's total well being. Thanks for the votes and support, Jill. Have a great evening.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Knowing a student's name makes the student feel special. Involving parents and reaching out to them is the best thing to do. Your hub is very useful and full of great information as always.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great suggestions, my daughter is also opting teaching as her career, voted up

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I've seen way too many teachers who have no business being teachers. You've really outlined how a teacher can attain the mark of excellence.

      If every teacher have these attributes, out schools will produce more excellent students.

      Thanks teaches12345 for sharing this. Voted up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vellur, I always loved it when a teacher knew my name and who I was on the first day. Parents can add to the learning quality of your classroom and always good to have them volunteer in the room.

      Girishpuri, I am glad to hear that another person is choosing to help children learn life lessons. Congratulations to her! I am sure she will find it rewarding. Thanks for your visit.

      ComfortB, those teachers who are passionate about their work always do inspire students for a lifetime. I appreciate your comment and visit here. Take care.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      If every beginning teacher or teacher wannabe read your complete instructions for attaining excellence, what an excellent model our schools and perhaps even our children would be. Thank you, teaches.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Drbj, thanks for the kind words on this hub. I had to learn by hard knocks but hopefully this information will save others from this method of learning. Take care, my friend

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      This is so true, Teaches, and the part about humor really hit home with me. When I think back to my favorite teachers, what I remember most is that they laughed easily and often. It is a sign of confidence, and it puts the children at ease. Useful, interesting hub!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      My son's third grade teacher was at that school until 6 pm every evening. A great teacher is becoming more rare and they are so vital to a child's success. Thanks for this great Hub. We can help and respect our teachers more by reading articles like this.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Molly, it's a pleasure to find you here! Humor is great medicine and works miracles when used to establish a positive environment. I too admired those teachers who made everything more enjoyable with a bit of laughter.

      Hyphenbird, it's those few who are dedicated to helping children who will make a difference in lives. Yes, they are becoming a rarity. We will have to give those few our appreciation and support.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      As usual, you've raised some great points in your hub, teaches, and you have described some very important characteristics needed to make an excellent teacher!

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Excellent points here. an excellent teacher do not spoil his students just to win the title "friendliest teacher". one must dedicate his time to teach the children what is good.

      Great hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Alicia, thanks for your visit and support. Have a good day.

      Snowdrops, yes, teaching is not a popularity contest. Thanks for visiting here.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Obviously written from experience! Sense of thumor tops my list too, not just for teachers but for any profession. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Humor is tops on my list as well.... sometimes a teacher has to "clown around" to make the lessons effective (and other professions would benefit from this too!). Thanks for your visit here and votes of support, my friend.

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      sofs 4 years ago

      Informative hub. Great habits worth cultivating for anyone in any profession. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I agree that these tips would help most any profession, Sofs. Excellence is something to strive for anytime and anywhere. Great reflection!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm so glad you've emphasized the importance of a sense of humor! That's invaluable.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think humor is what keeps a teacher balanced and benefits the children through a positive experience. Take care, Simone.

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      I am sure that you are an excellent teacher. I remember my 4th grade teacher as interesting, funny and definitely a well organized lady. She is the one I still think about today.

      Great hub on a subject that we can all relate to.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have a couple of elementary teachers that I still think about today. They were also funny, interesting and took an interest in me as a student and person. Take care, Skarlet.

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      Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      A teacher who cares and makes a student feel they are valued and loved is a teacher I will always treasure. Thanks for this Diana. I am sure you are a wonderful teacher!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for the compliment, Ripplemaker. I appreciate your visiting here today. Have a great week.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      What a lovely hub! I have always loved the teacher's profession though I never got to be one. This hub has brought back nostalgic memories of my school days when my teacher used to be very kind and caring. Oh, how much we loved her! Very well-written. I am sharing it socially for my friends to read and enjoy. Great hub. Cheers, Rema

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Rema! You can always get that second degree in early child care.. the world needs more caring people teaching children. Thanks for sharing and for coming by to visit.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 4 years ago

      Teaches12345, EXCELLENT! This is a wise and wonderful article that exudes much wisdom! You are a Marvelous teacher! As you so wonderfully stated: “A teacher who is alert to the emotional needs of his students works to establish a nurturing environment in the classroom resulting in a strong teacher-student relationship. Each lesson is planned with diligent regard to stimulating student enthusiasm towards learning. A teacher of character demonstrates care through her behavior and gestures toward students. As a teacher interacts with children even her expressions and tone of voice represent a caring nature. These attributes inspire success in students.” AMEN! There is much information here to encourage and help others become great teachers! BRAVO!!!

      Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You are a great boost to my writing, DeBorrah. I so value your presence and comment on the hub. There are a lot of great teachers out there that resemble this character and are making a difference in kids in the classroom. Blessings, joy & peace on this 4th holiday!

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      umeraziz 4 years ago

      good hub! all those associated with teaching should refer these tips.. really useful.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Beautiful Hub and one I will definitely refer to new Teachers. I have always said that a good Teacher will have a heart for the Job. I have been Teaching for over 10 years and I enjoy it. So many old students are still in touch with me. The Poll was a challenge for me. Lol. All the answers rated highly. Rated up and Tweeted. :-)

      Ps. I have also included the link in my Hub: A few things Teachers should avoid.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Umeraziz, thanks for the validation of the hub. I appreciate your taking time to stop in and leave a comment.

      Lady E, thanks for the rerral on the hub, I hope it gives teachers helpful information. Ten years and till passionate is great to hear. I could learn much from you as well. I did read you hub and I will get over to link it here as well.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Teaches, this is so beautiful and it is obvious you are an outstanding teacher. I love what you say about having a sense of humour about potentially embarrassing moments, and that teaches the kids good social skills. That is such a good point. What a wonderful idea to minimize the unimportant with this strategy. I think much of what you are describing is part and parcel of the teacher being very confident in themselves and their abilities, too. Such an awesome hub. Voted up and more. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Princess, a confident teacher does make children feel comfortable in the classroom. The learning experience is great for both student and instructor. I appreciate your loyal following of my hubs and can't thank you enough for your visit here. May your day's journey be filled with good things.

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      All of my favorite teachers possessed most, if not all, of these characteristics. Great stuff, as usual!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks Goforthejuggler. With the talent you have, I can see that they had great influence on you.

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      David 4 years ago from Northern California

      I'm not the best with names so I don't remember most of my former teachers names but I do remember some life lessons they taught me that might not have been in the textbook we were using at the time.

      Teachers don't get the credit they deserve for all of the hard work they put in molding our children.

      Voted up and useful/awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Adjkp25, teachers love their work and the children in their care -- it's the greatest reward! Thanks for your words here and thank you for voting this up.

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      ShaunBroncoMan 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by here, Shaun. Have an excellent day!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, voted up, useful, and awesome. I never had the chance to say so, but thanks for your service. Teachers make a big difference and they don't receive enough credit for it. They truly don't. So I have to take a moment to value all your time in the field and the differences that you have made along the way. Great article Teaches. Your right about that humor, I believe it is a sign of confidence. My teacher was very funny, made learning fun. Plus, it was history. Sadly, I never realized my passion for history until a few short years ago. But even so, I know he made a difference in my life. Well written and it shows how great of a teacher you are also:)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Lyricwriter! Awwww, you are so kind to state your appreciation for teachers and how they influenced your life. I do enjoy it much and it is a passion that I do not regret. You be careful out there, friend.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi teaches

      while I'm no teacher and have never worked with children, I found a lot of good tips in this hub. I think I've a good sense of humour. I'm excellent at admitting my mistakes as I've been making them all my life and still am. I have taught a few apprentice mechanics and run maintenance classes at present and found quite a lot in this hub that I could use.

      Great job, great hub. Voted up, the rest and shared,

      MJ.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mike it sounds like you are a teacher, and very experienced! I am glad you found some useful points here. Thanks for your support. Have a wonderful evening.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mike it sounds like you are a teacher, and very experienced! I am glad you found some useful points here. Thanks for your support. Have a wonderful evening.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mike it sounds like you are a teacher, and very experienced! I am glad you found some useful points here. Thanks for your support. Have a wonderful evening.

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      Mellonyy 4 years ago

      I liked your insights here on this topic, especially the idea that every excellent teacher should enjoy good sense of humor, very important nowadays. Voted up!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      teaches12345, another great hub about teaching. You have a way of always bringing it back to the relationships of teachers and children and how the nurturing of these is the base line for all that follows. Well written, interesting hub, really enjoyed it.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, don;t know how I missed this one the first time out, but agree with the overall message of your article as a teacher too. It is so very important to indeed have a sense of humor and to be able to admit you make mistakes. Kids can sense when you make a mistake and if you try to hide it or play it off they will have none of that. So best to be honest and fess up, they will indeed respect you more as a teacher and a person too. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Why do I have to choose one answer in the poll? I really can't pick just one - I think they are all very important! Teaching is a difficult and exhausting job, when done well. Too many people think it is just sitting around or talking, but it is so much more.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mellonyy, humor is very much needed in teaching and in life. It makes everyone feel a sense of comfort and allows people to bond. Thanks for your reflection of this topic.

      Jools, it is a great teacher who understand what you have just expressed here today. It is a nurturing relationship that makes the learning stick. Thanks for the support and Have a most wonderful day.

      Janine, kids are so smart and they do know when things are not quite right. They sometimes keep us accountable! Great add to the subject. Keep well and strong.

      Natasha, I love your opinion on the poll -- teachers should hold all these values true to their style of learning and teaching. It is a hard job and they do deserve more for what they do for our kids. Be well and safe out there today!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You wrote another wonderful Hub on the subject of teaching and how important a job it is to be a teacher. When I was growing up and going to school in a two room school, I can still remember the teachers who influenced me and those I loved. One was a teacher (hard as nails) who taught me to play the piano. I wrote a Hub that was inspired by her. I can still just see her....

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Even though we have some teachers who are strict, we can learn much from their guidance. Glad it was a good lesson for you in life, Mary. Thanks for your added value here. Blessings.

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      Knowledge is a matter of design and that is why the classroom space is an important one. Does it reflect interest and pop with color? Is it print rich? Is it inviting? Does it house a classroom library with rich resources? Are there resourceful centers gracing the perimeter? Are the lessons student centered? Is there a caring teacher who sets high standards and is approachable? She [teacher] is the most valuable resource in the room and more often than not, it is she who creates the climate in the room (Haim Ginot) and models behaviors that are as important as what she teaches.

      Great hub, Diana.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Robin, your added value here is appreciated. so much goes into being an effective teacher, your mentions are all part of being excellent. Take care and be safe.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have tutored by cousins and siblings, but never officially been a teacher.

      Dianna, you are a wonderful teacher.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Very valid points, Dianna. A sense of belonging is essential in a classroom...kids are more willing to work with you and each other if they feel part of the community, though it's not always easy to create with different personalities coming into play. Essential though! And oh yes, that sense of humor is vital., especially with teens. Thanks for sharing, Dianna, and I pass this on.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I think attitude sums it all up pretty well. A teacher with a caring attitude can win over her students from day one! You've made some points here that every teacher should take to heart.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vinaya, thanks for the encouragement and kind comment. Everyone is a teacher to those around them, you must be a great role model for those family members.

      Midget, humor is what I value coupled with excellence in teaching. Belonging is important in helping to build social skills. Great points!

      Tillsontitan, I agree that attitude does paint the canvas for children. They can add their touch to the masterpiece.

      Thank you all for stopping by here today. I appreciate your valued talk and adds to this topic. Hope all is well and you are safe. Blessings.

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