Qualities of a Good Teacher

Mediocrity never inspired nor motivated nor changed the life of one young person


A good teacher....

is Empathic

You have the ability to bond with your students, to understand and resonate with their feelings and emotions. To communicate on their level. To be compassionate with them when they are down and to celebrate with them when they are up. It is really your students who make you a good teacher because it is their reaction to your actions that confirm your skills. 

has Positive Mental Attitude

You are able to think more on the positive and a little less on the negative. To keep a smile on your face when things get tough. To see the bright side of things. To seek to find the positives in every negative situation. To be philosophical. To see the good in your young people.

is Open to Change

You are able to acknowledge that the only real constant in life is change. You know there is a place for tradition but there is also a place for new ways, new ideas, new systems, and new approaches. You don't put obstacles in your way by being blinkered and are always open and willing to listen to others' ideas. Help your young people embrace change.

is a great Role Model

You are the window through which many young people will see their future. Be a fine role model as a lot of young people don't have anyone to look up to in this role. You could be the most important person in their life. 

is Creative

You are able to motivate your students by using creative and inspirational methods of teaching. You are different in your approach and that makes you stand out from the crowd. Hence the reason why students enjoy your classes and seek you out for new ideas. Good teachers are always creative.

has a Sense of Humour

You know that a great sense of humour reduces barriers and lightens the atmosphere especially during heavy periods. An ability to make your students laugh will carry you far and gain you more respect. It also increases your popularity. Come down to their level, tell jokes, funny stories, be human and self-deprecating. 

has excellent Presentation Skills

You know that your students are visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners. You are adept at creating presentation styles for all three. Your body language is your main communicator and you keep it positive at all times. Like a great orator you are passionate when you speak. But at the same time you know that discussion and not lecturing stimulates greater feedback.

is Calm

You know that the aggression, negative attitudes and behaviours that you see in some of your students have a root cause. You know that they are really scared young people who have come through some bad experiences in life. This keeps you calm and in control of you, of them and the situation. You are good at helping your students de-stress. Teach them how to be calm using breathing and meditation.

is Respectful

You know that no one is more important in the world than anyone else. You know that everyone has a place in the world. You respect your peers and your students. Having that respect for others gets you the respect back from others. 

is Inspirational

You know that you can change a young person's life by helping them to realise their potential, helping them to grow, helping them to find their talents, skills and abilities. A good teacher is a good leader who can put many a young person on the road to achievement. 

is full of Passion

You are passionate about what you do. Teaching young people is your true vocation in life. Your purpose in life is to make a difference. You can and will change lives. Many young people will go on to be great teachers just like you. 

is Willing to Learn

You are willing to learn from other teachers AND your students. Although knowledgeable in your subject you know that you never stop learning. Continually thank your students for teaching you things you didn't know about. 

offers the hand of Friendship

Give your young people friendship. Shake their hands to congratulate them. Do to them what you would do with your friends. Send them a birthday card. Share your bag of sweets. Talk to them on their level. Be a shoulder. Listen to them. 

is Resilient

To be resilient you must be stress free. You must exercise, eat the correct diet with the correct nutrition and meditate or at least free your mind of thoughts for at least 20 mins per day. 

is Organized

Create a Daily To Do List. Be prepared and have contingencies. Know who, why, what, where, when and how. 

is Resourceful

Know what to do when unexpected things happen. Run Lateral Thinking Quizzes. Tell jokes. Perform Magic Tricks. Utilise your creativity. 

Qualities of a Good Teacher

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    Other qualities of a Good Teacher from our visitors

should know their subject and make the lesson interesting
should be a good listener too
should give boundaries and be firm and fair
should be able to install confidence in their class
will be able to make their class feel at ease
will remain calm


A great teacher has to be knowledgeable, confident, caring and sharing, fair to all students and well-organized too.

Musaad/U.S. Minor Outlying Islands


Agood teacher should be a positive role model


A Good Teacher shall also be a perpetual Student and should be able to make learning a pleasent experience. He should teach Students to face a crisis with a SMILE. He should be able to Inspire students to succes.
Dr Keshav/India


Just be yourself and try to level with the learners needs and yours. Have self confidence.

Kedibone/South Africa


A good teacher must be smart. He/She should wear clothes which are clean and acceptable by the social standards.
Mr Mbise Uless


A good teacher should see him/herself as a steward. He/She should be ready to give account of his/her stewardship. And, is a resource person.



A great teacher is the one who is always willing to help his/her students. They are the ones that don't stop teaching when the bell rings.


They reach out to students after class. They know that some need extra attention or assistance, and they don't act like it's not their job.


They take that job seriously and know they aren't just employed to get students to be able to do higher math, but do well in life.


They realize that achievement isn't just a good grade on a test, but a feeling of accomplishment with mastering a subject; they are willing to work with a student for that feeling.


Knowledge of his subjects
Pace instructor
Good communication skills


A great teacher can't be anything but GENUINE in whatever he/she does.


A good teacher is armed with a positive outlook on life and witnesses the moment when a student finally grasps the essence of a new idea


Be kind and have a passion to teach the children
Yape Anna Liza E/Philippines


Whoever a teacher is, he is to remain a teacher who the learner relies on during hard times (the psychological factor) . This helps strengthening teacher-student relationship (motivational factor) leading to great results in the learning process.
Mr. Redouane SAADI/Algeria


Great teacher should utilize tools at hand to help accomplish tasks that seem weary. Give your pupils inspiration to succeed.
Ugretkz Nejkavit/Russia


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According to RD Oloroiye in his paper title the status of a great teacher a teacher is

1. is a friend
2.a subject specialist
3.is a co worker with God in guidance
4. is a role model for a child to copy
5. is a personification of real child
shamsuddeen gimba ya'u/Nigeria


Loving and enthusuastic.


A teacher should be energetic, enthusiastic and equitable towards the students. He should be creative and imaginative in arranging the different available means according to the needs of the pupils.


A great teacher is a person who leads by examples:through his thoughts and actions. He is one who possess the humility to accept the need to rediscover and reinvent himself as and when necessary in addressing the inquisitiveness of his students. He has the capacity to mentor the students in removing the disconnect between the ivory tower of theories and the down to earth problems of our life.


..... should be always fully prepared before going to the class.

Should always have a positive attitude and should always be ready to help students with all their needs.

Should plan lessons according to the curriculum expectations with well-planned, full of excitement, interest, knowledge, needs and fun.


......is like a Backbone of students who supports them tenderly.


....... is creative and calm.
Jhun Ambat/Phillipines


An excellent teacher will not just inspire but their student will want to exhaust their own capabilities - TO INSPIRE!!


A ......can be anyone, but a great teacher can take their student beyond their own expectations they can show them that the only boundaries we have are the ones we set on ourselves.We as teachers must be the cheerleader for every subject we teach we must energize our student to open their minds to learn and go beyond boundaries.
Patricia/United States


..... has to apply knowledge of different professions such as nurse, lawyer, judge, accountant, mechanic, psychologist, counselor etc.because it is needed many times in the field of teaching and they must be prepared to implement such knowledge. A good teacher must be open to constructive criticism.


....is an authority, a friend, a buddy, a clown, an entertainer, a nurse, a psychologist, a mother, a counsellor and of course a teacher..


Teacher shouldn't be a teacher but he must remain as a student whole life. Always smile on face, Pleasant & sweetly talk with every one.


Good teachers make good students whereas bad students will make bad teachers.


.....is one who is knowledgeable, polite, helpful and possess a fine sense of humour.
Rabia/Pakistan A good teacher uses different modes of teaching


........ provides meaningful experiences to his/her students and touch their lives, leaving with them a legacy.


...... is a Good student. Mushtaq Hussan/Pakistan


....... is like a light-house which shows the right path to people in darkness" Lourmie/Phillipines


...... is a good person. Carl.Crash


........ is always :

T = Truthful E = Encouraging A = Available C = Creative H = Hopeful E = Enthusiastic R = Ready

God bless all good teachers!


...... is one who never give up teaching to different type of children, be it slow learner or even disability child. A teacher is like a candle which consumates itself to light the way for all kind of children. She/He must be willing to learn and upgrade continuosly in order to teach the children as well as learn and develop herself/himself.



...... is a master strategist, an innovator, a resource base, a catalyst for change and a mind builder. prashant kumar dewangan/India A good teacher is love and appreciates of her/his profession. and honest and sincere of her/his profession. A good teacher should always commands and be expert of own subject.
Farah Naz/Pakistan


approachable, knowledgeable, skillful, open -minded, optimistic, cheerful, refined, creative, passionate and loving.




 ......thinks more of her students and less about herself...takes no rest till her learners become self-confident achievers.


...... is a master strategist, an innovator, a resource base,a catalyst for change and a mind builder.


....... should be sincere, committed caring , source of confidence , inspirational , friendly and of course good communicator having command over his subject.
Anwar Jalal/Paskistan


..... should be resourceful. He leads his students to find out their potentials and manage these potentials to become a good member of the larger society. Africanus/Nigeria


..... should be: approachable, knowledgeable, skillful, open -minded, optimistic, cheerful, refined, creative, passionate and loving. Vivian/Phillipines


Qualities for a good teacher: Walking side by side with clear verbal communication, effective body language is another quality a good teacher requires.


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A good teacher is not to give pupil knowledge, but also help them to undestand the world around them.


A good teacher should be slow to anger.a teacher who pretends to be first at anger only shows how incompetent he/she is.furthermore his/her learners will be more fearful and secret compared to the normal situation whereby learners are expected to be open and enjoy the learning process.



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