What Makes A Quality Teacher?
The Newly Ancient blog recently covered what they find to be the top traits possessed by “quality teachers.” I have quoted a snippet of each below:
Without this, it is impossible to become a great teacher. If you don’t love your subject, how can you expect your students to? I don’t think this is an issue for most teachers. Still, it is always important to emphasize.
With the onslaught of standardized testing and curriculum this might be getting harder, but it is still very important. Regardless of discipline, creativity is paramount. Sure, you can be a good teacher by taking prepackaged material and efficiently transmitting it.
Students have complex lives, as do you. If everything is set in stone, you’ll eventually crack. When an A student fails a test, you have to be ready to be flexible.
I am a firm believer in integrated curriculum and content. Life isn’t in isolated boxes, so learning shouldn’t be either. I often hear the complaint that there isn’t support from administration or other teachers. To that, I say “So what?”
Information can’t be transmitted without a solid connection, and neither can knowledge. You need to form a connection with each and every student. Technically speaking, theknowledge has to form a connection to the student, but you are the representation and medium of that knowledge.
DISCUSSION: Do you agree with these? Do you disagree with any? Is it wrong to boil down the traits of teachers down to any top five list?