Characteristics of an Effective Teacher

I have been blessed with being taught by many wonderful teachers over the years. My 8th grade social studies teacher, my high school journalism teacher, my college East Asian history teacher. Other wonderful teachers I have known include my wife, several close friends, and my son’s elementary school P.E. teacher to name just a few.

All of these amazing, special teachers had different teaching styles, but they all possessed the same key characteristics. Below is a list of these key characteristics and these are the characteristic that I believe are essential to be an effective teacher:

  1. Organized. You need to have an organized lesson plan and curriculum in place, but also be prepared to be flexible if a surprise learning tangent comes up. Your class room should be organized and easy for students to find the materials and resources they need.
  2. Approachable. You need to have an environment where your students feel comfortable asking questions, both during and after class. Your students need to feel it’s easy to communicate with you.
  3. Passionate. You need to be dedicated to your students and your subject. You have to be an expert in your field. You can really tell the difference between a good and mediocre teacher by their passion level.
  4. Caring. You need to show your students that you care about them and they aren’t just a number. Their thoughts, problems, ideas and questions are important.
  5. Fun. When kids are having fun, sometimes they won’t even realize they are learning. Humor and laughter is such an important part of life and should not be forgotten in a class room.



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