What should the qualities of a good teacher be?

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A teacher must be absolutely predictable in terms of her expectations of her pupils. She must stick to her classroom expectations and be very consistent. If a class senses that the teacher is unsure, they will be in charge of that classroom very shortly. Therefore, consistency is a must. Fairness...

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A teacher must be absolutely predictable in terms of her expectations of her pupils. She must stick to her classroom expectations and be very consistent. If a class senses that the teacher is unsure, they will be in charge of that classroom very shortly. Therefore, consistency is a must. Fairness is also important. Being willing to listen and actually hear what a child is saying is an excellent quality also.

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I think that everything said so far is pretty good; although, some of the best teachers I know don't fall under many of these discriptions. Most of them are very strict and very knowledgeable of their subject matter, but they are also very good at explaining the material to students. Contrary to popular belief, the best teacher were not necessarily the ones I liked while in school. They were, however, much appreciated when I entered college. I was not the least bit surprised by the expectations set forth by my professors. I had already experienced that for years. This can also be said of the work place. A very easy transition for me because I was accustomed to being expected to do exactly what I was asked and then some.

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A good teacher must also be a good person. Teachers instill their beliefs, values and morals in everything they say to their students; therefore, they must be centered and act from a healthy moral compass. That being said, a teacher must also know his or her subject matter, as well as her students.

It is essential that teachers not misinform their students, nor jade or sway the students' opinions with their own.

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A good teacher must know his subject matter, know how to teach the same information in many different ways in order to assure student understanding, be able to assess the data collected after tests to determine what students are learning and which subjects they need more instruction, and last, a good teacher should be able to make learning FUN.

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Teachers must be experts at differentiation. All students learn at different levels and at a different pace. It is important that a teacher be able to take a lesson and adapt it to meet the needs of individual learners. This may take extra time but a good teacher is always willing to put forth the effort.

Teachers must also be good listeners. A good listener is able to pick up on cues that may be very important to a students success.

And probably most important, teachers must care about students. If a teacher doesn't care about the students, the students will not get the education that he or she deserves.

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The qualities of a good teacher are endless, but a few that really seem to work for me include these listed here.

Respect your students. Kids want to respect you and when you show resect for them by giving them just and fair service they will respect you. Allow them to have their own feelings, beliefs, and values, but hold them accountable to treat you and each of their peers with positive moral behaviors. 

Have clear boundaries. When students understand their targets for behavior they generally follow them. If you expect students not to chew gum in your classroom, then enforce it. Make the first student you see chewing gum spit it out, and give them the consequence you told them you would give them.

Challenge them academically. If students get bored, they act out. Even for students who don't think they want to be a part of a class activity, they usually do - we all want acceptance.

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Flexibility to differentiate the instruction of the students by their diverse needs and their levels of skill.

Adaptability to accept changes in classroom demographics, class population, budget cuts, and working conditions

Objectivity to avoid their own bias to permeate their instruction

Discipline and Leadership to keep the students focused, motivated, and well-behaved.

Intelligence, of course, to be able to explain in detail, and without unneccesary complexity the things the students need to know.

Self-respect- otherwise the students will not be inspired to have it for either the teacher or themselves.

**Students are a reflection of what the teacher inspires***

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I will talk about the qualities needed for a good high school teacher in the US.  This will differ for other countries and other grade levels, I am sure.

To me, the most important quality of a good teacher is patience.  No matter how good your students are, they will test your patience at many points during the day.

A second very important quality is caring.  Maybe it should be first.  Students can typically tell which teachers actually care about them -- about them as people and about their learning.

After that, I think a teacher needs to have a quick mind (to deal well with questions and such, but that may be because that is my style of teaching -- another teacher might talk about being very organized and planning well.

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