What makes a good teacher?

Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher.
What makes a great teacher? Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today. It demands broad knowledge of the subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. With all these qualities required, it’s no wonder that it’s hard to find great teachers.


Here are some characteristics of great teachers
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 underachievers.
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 manner.
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 endpoint; 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. They 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. They 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.


 *AN IDEAL TEACHER.* 
An ideal teacher would always look out for his/her students, no matter what the situation is. He or she would treat the students as if they were his/her own kids 
Teachers need to understand their students well enough, and should build a strong relationship with them so that positive things can work out and things will naturally fall into place. Every student is totally different, and each student has their own problems in every classroom. It’s very important for teachers to be there for their students, and some students need a lot of help in different areas. 
The ideal teacher knows what are the requirements in each and every student in the classroom. Some students need individual help after school. An ideal teacher will provide extra help in anyway possible. It’s very important to have students participate in classroom activities. This builds up their self confidence.
An ideal teacher really needs to motivate his/her students to work hard in class. An ideal teacher will always encourage students, and inspire them to do the right thing in life. He or she should make students feel real comfortable and confident in the classrooms. They need confidence in order to make their dreams come to reality in life.
An ideal teacher will always challenge the students to go extra mile in their studies. The reason is that these students can’t stay on the same level all the time. They have to gradually move up to advanced level. Students these days have so much problems going on with their personal lives, and their school work. It’s very important for teachers to be very patient with the students, and give them time to think and relax. 
Teachers are the ones who teach students about making the right decisions in life. They are life moulders, the destiny of the children put in their care lies in their hands. As a teacher, be a destiny shaper NOT a destiny destroyer. Whatever effort you put on the children today, will surely be reaped on your children tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

 *PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING* 
1. Proceed from simple to complex
2. Proceed from known to unknown
3. Proceed from part to whole
4. Proceed from particular to general
5. Motivate learners to learn
6. Do not teach in isolation
7. Teach to learners’ individual difference


 *METHODS OF TEACHING* 
1. Problem-solving method
2. Play way method
3. Storytelling method
4. Lecture method
5. Discussion method
6. Field trip/excursion method
7. Assignment method
8. Project method
9. Demonstration method


 *QUALITIES OF A GOOD TEACHER* 
1. Good class control
2. Good characters
3. Keeping the diary
4. Neatness
5. Kindness
6. Mastery of subjects
7. Effective communication
8. Initiating contact with parents
9. Able to face reality
10. Flexibility


 *ROLES OF A TEACHER* 
1. learning facilitator
2. School leader
3. Curriculum specialist
4. Instructional specialist
5. Classroom supporter
6. Resource provider
7. Mentor

 *TEACHING SKILLS* 
1. Patience
2. Confidence
3. Communication
4. Enthusiasm
5. Creativity
6. Dedication
7. Organization

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