18 Qualities of a Good Teacher

1. Calmness
Being good at helping students de-stress or be relaxed for learning to take place.
2. Compassion for students
Caring about students as individuals and wanting to help them. Willing to speak up for them to other people, if need be.

3. Confidence
Believing in oneself despite setbacks and not letting problems get him/her upset.
4. Creativity
Being imaginative in using various methods in teaching to make learning fun.
5. Dedication to excellence
Wanting the best from students and oneself, not settling for mediocrity.
6. Empathy
Having the ability to bond with students, to understand and resonate with their feelings and emotions, and to communicate on their level.
7. Inspiration
Being helpful to students for them to realize their potential, talents, skills and abilities. Being able to encourage them to cultivate their talents and grow.
8. Optimism
Able to find the positives in every negative situation or see the bright side of things.
9. Open-mindedness
Being open to new ways, new ideas, new systems, and new approaches. Being willing to listen to others' ideas.
10. Passion
Being passionate about teaching and helping students realize their dreams.
11. Patience
Willing to keep explaining, knowing that eventually it would make sense. Willing to do what it takes, no matter how long it takes.
12. Presentation Skills
Being skilled at creating presentation styles for various types of learners. Being able to teach in a different way if students don’t understand a subject.
13. Respect
Having respect for peers and students—that gets him/her the respect back from others.

14. Role Model
Being worthy of emulation for possessing virtues such as love, kindness, respect, morality, integrity, and the like.
15. Sense of Humor
Being able to make other people laugh. When people laugh, they usually open their hearts and minds and accept what you say or teach.
16. Support
Encouraging students if they are frustrated and provide true belief that they can succeed. Being there if students need extra help.

17. Understanding
Having understanding of human nature and the maturity (or lack) of students, or of the things that affect the students’ ability to learn; the weather, the temperature in the classroom, the time of day, etc.

18. Willingness to Learn
Willing to learn from other teachers and even from students. Although knowledgeable, never stops learning.


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