15 Qualities A Good teacher Must Possess

The role of teachers, especially good ones, in the lives of students can’t be overemphasized. They are responsible for moulding and also a guide to students. How successful a student can be is a function of how impactful his/her teachers are.

Your attitude in and outside the class can influence your students positively. Some teachers teach and relate to students as if they are forced into the profession: they bully, harass, and even maltreat students. But this kind of teacher should know that a child not well taught is a child lost.

One of the reasons why the standard of education has fallen in some nations is because of the inadequate of good teachers in such nations. Imagine a situation whereby some teachers encourage their students to engage in examination malpractice. This implies that a low-quality teacher will produce low-quality students and vice versa.

Read: What good teachers do when a student fails

Listed below are the qualities a good teacher should possess for him/her to be a successful teacher:

  1. Teachers should judge their success by the success of their students
  2. Teachers should be impacted more by their character and commitment than by their communication
  3. Teachers exist to serve the students
  4. Any teacher could become a master teacher
  5. Teachers should be more student-oriented than subject-oriented: the ability to build students’ mental muscle and also communicate the subject with the student’s needs and interests in mind
  6. Alter your style regularly according to each situation: you should be able to know when your student is bored
  7. Teachers should have self-esteem and high emotional intelligence
  8. Teachers must know how to excel by using their strengths to overcome their weaknesses
  9. Teachers should have good expectations of their students
  10. Teachers must be caring and hardworking
  11. They must be able to cause their students to learn
  12. They must understand the concept of irreducible minimum: this is the smallest unit of information necessary for a given class to gain an acceptable understanding of a given subject
  13. They must teach to the point of applying the content
  14. A good teacher must show empathy
  15. A good teacher must be positively minded about his student, and shouldn’t see any student as a write-off.

Whenever I look back and think through the number of teachers I have passed through, I discover that I love teachers who are accommodating, ready to listen to my questions, interested in my future and are an authority in their field (ability to impact the needed knowledge).

Bolarinwa Olajire

A tutor with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in analytical skills. Strong education professional with a M. SC focused in condensed matter. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking on the icon below to ask questions.

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