You told us: what qualities make a good teacher?

20 Feb

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We asked on social media what qualities you think make a good teacher. Since we had so many great responses, we selected some of our favourites!

  • One who can spot each individual child’s areas of excellence, and encourage them in those areas, rather than expecting them to excel at every subject.
  • A good sense of humour
  • A good teacher is kind, is generous, listens to you, encourages you, has faith in you, keeps confidences, likes teaching children, likes teaching their subject, takes time to explain things, helps you when you’re stuck, tells you how you are doing, allows you to have your say, doesn’t give up on you, cares for your opinion, makes you feel clever, treats people equally, stands up for you, makes allowances, tells the truth and is forgiving
  • Patience and adaptability
  • A calm, caring nature and lots of patience
  • A passion for making a difference to the lives and development of children
  • Being able to think on their feet, adapt and be open to constructive criticism. Being a good team worker. Having a sense of humour. Being imaginative and able to differentiate with ease. Being firm but approachable. Being able to work on minimal amounts of sleep and not minding giving up their weekend. Wanting to make a difference. Being able to persevere. Being understanding.
  • Rapport, empathy, your passion, creativity that inspires teachers as well as a sound knowledge of your chosen subject!
  • A good teacher is somebody who learns more everyday. Someone who adapts and reinvents their practice all the time. Someone who doesn’t think that having a top degree or being super qualified makes them any better or more knowledgable than anyone else.
  • Enthusiasm for subject and students, as well as valuable on hand experience in school.

Thanks to everyone for your contributions and good luck with your applications!

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2 Responses to “You told us: what qualities make a good teacher?”

  1. Rosemary August 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Thanks.a good teacher must b knowlegeable

    • Andrew February 5, 2013 at 4:33 am #

      The 3Hs of a good teacher is he/she who confidently shares his/her assertive Knowledge (insightful work experiences, sound researches) , knows how to naturally deliver the complexity of the teaching subject matter into easy-understanding real-life applications for students. But most importantly is that he/she speaks from the Heart (an aspiring, enthusiastic and passionate educator) . It’s the 3Hs: Head-Heart-Hand

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