Teaching is one of the best ways to improve students' performance in school. The best teachers inspire students to learn and do better. Here are some characteristics of a good teacher that can be beneficial in improving student performance:
An effective teacher encourages learning by encouraging communication between students and parents and between teachers and their students. Good teachers build student motivation by showing that they understand how to work with others, discuss topics, and develop strategies to achieve goals. Effective teachers encourage student's independence by setting clear expectations, monitoring them, and correcting behavior when necessary. Students who don't believe in themselves usually have lower academic grades and more behavioral issues.
A good teacher recognizes his/her own personal greatness and teaches accordingly. Greatness is contagious; it is the hallmark of every great teacher. A teacher's greatness can be demonstrated in the classroom, the playground, the garden, and anywhere else in the world. Greatness demonstrates itself in actions rather than words. If a teacher demonstrates greatness in her classroom, students will want to emulate her.
A good teacher values and respects others. We are all interconnected. When one teacher appreciates another's ideas and concerns, both teachers will benefit. Teachers must take time for self-reflection and critical reflection each day. Self-reflection allows teachers to appreciate the value and contributions of others and inspires them to make sure they are teaching well.
A good teacher practices gratitude. Teachers must remember that everyone has made a mistake. Teachers must also recognize that they have contributed to the success of others through their passion, intelligence, hard work, creativity, or positive attitude. The greatest teachers spend time thinking of what they would have done differently if they had made different choices. They practice gratitude by expressing their appreciation to those who have helped them along the way.
A good teacher can teach effectively without the luxury of specialized aids such as computers, cell phones, laptops, and other technology paraphernalia. Effective teachers understand that the most effective teachers are “people people.” They practice “people skills” by getting to know their students, listening to them, letting them lead in discussions, taking a genuine interest in their individual situations, supporting students' interests, treating them with respect, and asking them questions. This “personalization” of classrooms fosters an environment of trust and understanding where children feel comfortable sharing their problems and learning from others.
A good teacher sees himself or herself as a student first. Effective teachers have high expectations for themselves and for the students they teach. A good teacher recognizes the need to constantly challenge and improve themselves. They are constantly looking for new ideas, new strategies, new approaches, and new people to support them in their efforts to become more effective teachers.
A good teacher is passionate about teaching. Passion fuels enthusiasm and can motivate a teacher to . . . . . . reach new heights in their profession. In order to be a good teacher, you must be willing to put in the time to practice and develop new teaching strategies. You must be willing to explore all of your teaching options in order to find the strategies that work best for you.