Friday, April 10, 2009



    There are many characteristics, techniques, etc. that make for a successful teacher. These may be as varied as the teachers themselves. However, there are certain time-tested attributes, characteristics, and practices which contribute immensely to teacher success. The following list contains items that students have used to describe their best teachers.
    1. Enthusiasm
    Students can feel the excitement
    Students easily detect the teacher's love for job and subject
    2. Preparation
    Teacher knows the subject
    Teacher plans and prepares lessons daily
    3. Punctuality
    Always arrives on time
    Begins and ends class on time
    Expects and encourages students to arrive on time
    4. Support and concern for students
    Lets students know that he/she cares about their success
    Takes time with students
    Allows for creativity
    Is friendly and courteous
    Is supportive and encouraging
    Is smiling, caring and loving
    5. Consistency
    Does not miss class
    Is consistent in attitude and dealings with students
    Is always well prepared to teach class
    6. Politeness
    Treats students with respect
    Does not condescend
    Avoids embarrassing students in class
    7. Firmness and control
    Is firm in a kind manner
    Avoids tangents in teaching
    8. Does not play favorites
    9. Provides personal help

    Takes time to explain concept
    Gives individual attention
    10. Accepts individual differences
    11. Employs an effective delivery
    Clarifies for understanding
    Creates a sense of fun with the learning task
    Eliminates bad, irritating and/or distracting habits
    12. Does not make students lose face
    Avoids criticizing students
    13. Has high expectations of class members
    14. Is humble
    15. Is fair

    16. Uses variety
    Uses a variety of learning activities
    Allows for spontaneity
    17. Has a sense of humor; is relaxed
    18. Use of engaged time
    Sets a good pace and provides for a change of pace
    Avoids engaging students in "busy work"
    19. Use of text
    Is not a slave to the text
    Uses text as a road map
    20. Keeps within 1-2 days of the scheduled course outline
    21. Field trips and other activities
    Applies student experiences to classwork
    22. Does not always teach from a sitting or leaning position
    23. Interpersonal relationships with students
    Does not allow students to call him/her by first name
    Does not try to win a popularity contest
    Maintains a healthy teacher-student relationship
    Respects students

24.Does not allow one or two students to monopolize or dominate the class
25. Keeps accurate records of
Work completed
Test results

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