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5 Qualities of a Good Teacher

Chitrangada has a deep understanding of the Teacher-Student relationship, due to her teaching experience. A good teacher leads by example.

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."

~~Brad Henry

A good teacher is an inspiration for the whole life

A good teacher is an inspiration for the whole life

Interactive teaching is liked by students.

Interactive teaching is liked by students.

How to be a great teacher, and not just a good teacher?

Do you remember the teachers, who taught you at the school or the high school?

Are you in touch with some, or any of them?

If so, that means, they have been great teachers.

Teaching is an art— the art of creating joy, in learning and expressing, and this is not as easy as it looks.

This needs dedication, patience, perseverance, and focus.

Teacher' s day is celebrated all over the world, but on different dates. This is celebrated to honour the invaluable contribution of the teachers, to the society.

Who is a good teacher?

A good teacher, leaves an impact on a student' s life and character.

They are considered, as role models and mentors.

What qualities should a teacher have, to be considered, as an ideal by the students?

A good teacher, is a good communicator, as well as a good listener.

A good teacher, is kind and compassionate, with immense patience and perseverance.

There is a difference between, being a good teacher and a great teacher. Let’s discuss this further.

What Makes a good teacher, Great? Source: You tube

What are the 5 qualities of a good teacher?

1. Be a good listener:

In order to have a strong Teacher-Student relationship, the teacher should not only speak and deliver lectures, but also listen to his/ her students.

The teacher should make every student respond. They should feel free to communicate with the teacher, without any fear.

The brighter students pick up easily, are quick to communicate, and ask about their doubts. But the shy, or the mediocre students, are uncomfortable doing the same.

The real challenge for a teacher is, to uplift the average, and the mediocre students.

The good teacher, encourages them, so that, they too can excel in academics, and other extra curricular activities.

With consistent effort of the teacher, one can see improvements in these students.

2. Be a Role Model:

Students always look up to the teacher, for guidance and support, not only in their academic life, but also in their personal problems.

Students have faith, and trust in a good teacher, and the teacher lives up to the trust of his/ her students. The teacher must lead by example, by showing his/ her confidence, patience, perseverance, hard work, and focused approach.

3. Know each student' s capabilities:

A good teacher knows that, no two student can be alike. Some are good in academics, while the other may be good in Sports. The teacher should avoid comparisons, and like a good mentor, try to bring out the best from each of his/ her students.

4. Cultivate Curiosity:

Children, or students are by nature curious and inquisitive. A good teacher does not suppress the curiosity of the students. Rather, he/ she encourages them to ask questions, and gives satisfying answers.

For this reason, a good teacher must have mastery of his subject, and also what is happening around.

A good teacher teaches in such a way, that the students become learners for life. They constantly explore, research, and try to discover things, which are beneficial to the mankind, and the World.

5. Make Teaching Interactive and Fun:

A good teacher does lot of experiments, to make learning fun, exciting, and lasting.

Sometimes classrooms are boring for students. But lessons can also be taught outside classrooms, as well. For example in a garden, a park, or by taking the students on an educational outdoor trip.

Students do not like monotony. Changing the location of teaching-learning, being interactive with the students, imparting knowledge by fun methods, should be applied by the teacher.

A good teacher is the one, who gives his students to take home, something to think about and not only Homework.

Teacher-Student bond is for the life

Teacher-Student bond is for the life

Quotes:

"Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that's not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbour. Often times it is a teacher."

~~Joe Manchin

5 qualities of a good teacher, source: YouTube

Patience is the key to becoming a good teacher

Patience is the key to becoming a good teacher

What are the qualities of a good teacher, source: YouTube

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."

~~Brad Henry

Teacher-Student bond

Teacher-Student bond

The Guru-Shishya Parampara of Ancient India or The Teacher-Student Lineage:

  • The Teacher-Student Lineage of Ancient India, denotes a Spiritual relationship, between the teacher and the students. It is popularly called as the Guru-Shishya parampara or the Teacher- Student tradition.
  • In those days, a student had to compulsorily live at the teacher' s home.
  • The knowledge was imparted, not only by books, but by the day- today activities, and by Self-example.
  • The relationship between the teacher and the student was pious, genuine, and full of commitment for each other.
  • Such pure and devoted was the relationship, that the teacher selflessly transmitted, and imparted all his knowledge to his students.
  • The student eventually mastered, all the knowledge given by his teacher.
  • Such examples are rare these days. It needs commitment from both the student, and the teacher to achieve this kind of relationship.
  • The students often look back, with appreciation to the knowledgeable, and brilliant teachers. But, they have a sense of gratitude, for those teachers, who were compassionate, and who supported them, at an emotional, and personal level.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 05, 2020:

Thank you Nithya, for reading the article and sharing your thoughts.

Appreciate your valuable comments and support. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 05, 2020:

Thank you Marlene, for reading and commenting on this article.

So good to know, that you had such a good teacher in your high school, for whom you feel grateful. We can’t forget the influence of such teachers in our lives.

Yes, the reference to the Student- Teacher lineage in the article, was a reality in ancient India.

Appreciate your kind words of appreciation and valuable feedback. Thank you so much.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 05, 2020:

Great article, a good teacher shapes the future of a child. Students always remember a teacher who has inspired them to do their best.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 04, 2020:

The concept of The Teacher-Student Lineage is quite fascinating. When I was in high school there was a teacher who truly helped me overcome fear and anxiety. She went the extra mile to help me gain confidence in a number of things. If our culture practiced The Teacher-Student Lineage, this teacher would have been perfect for it. I wish I had kept in touch with her.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2018:

Hi Frances Metcalfe!

I am sorry, I missed your comments.

You make a valuable point here. It’s important to create interest and curiosity in the pupils, so that they look forward to your classes/ teachings.

I am sure your students must be having lot of respect and admiration for you.

Thanks for reading and appreciating the article!

Frances Metcalfe on August 13, 2018:

Hi Chitrangada. An interesting article from you! I always did my utmost to make it fun when I was teaching music, and there are lots of ways you can. What's more it's essential - you want your pupil to look forward to coming back, don't you?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 28, 2018:

Thank you @Aditya!

Aditya on July 28, 2018:

Very nicely written!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 11, 2017:

Thank You Sukhdev Ji for your insightful comments!

I agree with your observations and this is sad but true. Thankfully there are still teachers who are very much involved with their students and take pains for that.

Even I think that coaching classes are an added burden to the already exhaustive course material and lined up competitive examinations.

Thanks for sharing your valuable opinion that adds to value of this hub!

Thanks again!

Sukhdev Shukla from Dehra Dun, India on June 10, 2017:

Chitrangada, I started my career as a teacher and can appreciate the qualities you have mentioned about a great teacher. Unfortunately, there is a shift in approach from qualitative to quantitative. It has resulted into proliferation of private coaching even at young age. Also, many a times it is oriented towards cracking competitive examinations. This paradigm shift seems to have set in a rat race. But still there are good teachers who believe in imparting qualitative education. I only wish there is a reversal of values in teaching and teacher-student relationships. Thanks for sharing your views on a great teacher.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 08, 2017:

Thanks Jesa for reading and commenting on this hub! Truly appreciated!

Jesa on March 08, 2017:

I like to read the qualities of a good teacher.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 22, 2015:

Thank you Suzette Walker, for your kind visit and comments!

Being a teacher yourself, you obviously understand that a devoted teacher must have the above mentioned qualities. A good teacher inspires the student and even mediocre students can perform well with the guidance of the teacher.

I am glad that you liked the hub. Thanks again!

suzettenaples on April 21, 2015:

Being a teacher, I cannot agree with you more. You have listed the essential qualities of a great teacher. To inspire students to grow and become lifong learners is what teaching is all about. Learning about the gurukuls was very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 20, 2014:

Thanks Sunil, for your kind visit and positive comments!

My own experience as a teacher prompted me to write this hub. Teachers have a great impact on the students. Times have changed, but if the teacher is sincere towards his/ her profession, they can build small children into responsible, honest and good human beings.

Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 20, 2014:

Thank you ARUN KANTIji, for reading this hub and appreciating it. I agree with your views and thanks for the link. It is wonderful.

Thanks!

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on May 19, 2014:

A well written hub and a great topic to debate upon. You have narrated things well and simply. All will love and enjoy this as the topic is very relevant and touching everyone. A teacher is a role modal for all students and they are cultivating the good education and good habits. If they go wrong, no double it will affect the students well. Thank you for this post.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 18, 2014:

Thanks Hollie, for your kind visit and appreciation!

I am glad that this article has helped you. Wish you and your daughter all the best. Thanks for sharing the link as well.

Have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 21, 2014:

Thanks Harishprasad, for your visit and appreciation!

I am glad you liked the points in this hub, which is purely based on my experiences as a teacher.

Many thanks for your positive feedback!

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on January 21, 2014:

Very interesting hub, especially the first point of this hub is remarkable and is worth-noting by all teachers. You have hinted about the important traits needed in a teacher. Yes, a teacher equiped with such qualities can alter the lives of students in a great way.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 18, 2013:

Thanks JPSO138, for reading this hub and your positive feedback!

It's a pleasure to know about your contributions as a teacher. Good teachers have great impact on the life of a student.

Thanks for your appreciation and the vote up!

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 17, 2013:

I have been conducting training and teaching people for the last 10 years and I do agree with you. Great hub and voted up for this.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 15, 2013:

Thanks LKMoreo1, for reading the hub and your kind comments!

I am glad to hear that your sister has all the qualities of a good teacher. This profession requires lot of commitment and hard work.

Thanks for your appreciation and for the 'Follow' as well!

LKMore01 on November 14, 2013:

CS,

The qualities you have chosen to focus on are perfect. My sister is a teacher. She finds it important to know all of her students very well and encourages their curiosity. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 09, 2013:

Hi Suzanne Day!

Thanks for reading this hub and your thoughtful comments!

You are right, most teachers need to develop these essential skills in order to be a great teacher.

Thanks again!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 08, 2013:

All very good points in how to be a good teacher. Definitely children seek out listeners and those who cultivate curiosity. Unfortunately, there are many teachers out there today without these essential skills. I hope that more people who want to become teachers will read this hub!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 28, 2013:

Voted Up! You listed very good qualities. Cultivating curiosity is important, but sometimes difficult for me because the children's interest are so different from what I expect. Still, teachers have to try.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 15, 2013:

Hi MarleneB!

Thanks for reading the hub and appreciating! You are right that communication is most important.

I am glad you liked it, thanks!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 14, 2013:

These are all wonderful qualities for a good teacher. For me, communication is very important in making sure all the other elements work well. Excellent hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 20, 2013:

Thanks Schoolmom24, for your visit and insightful comments!

Mother is the first teacher of a child and you are doing a wonderful job. Because no one can be as good as the mother and your children will always respect you for that.

I agree with you that these are invaluable traits for a teacher and the world needs more teachers with these attributes.

Thanks for voting up!

Schoolmom24 from Oregon on September 19, 2013:

All five of these are invaluable traits to have as a teacher! I remember my favorite teacher that I had as a child and the world needs more teachers with these attributes. I use to teach preschool and always wanted to make each child feel special. I currently am my children's teacher at home but they also occasionally take classes and hope they encounter these kinds of teachers! Voted up! :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 18, 2013:

Hi Bobbi Purvis!

Thanks for your visit and valuable comments!

I agree with you that wonderful teachers are always remembered and respected by their students.

Thanks for the follow and I am humbled by your nice words in the fan mail. Thank you!

Have a good day!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on September 18, 2013:

Hi,

I remember all my wonderful teachers and the gift each gave me as they taught and inspired me to research and studies. They are respected, loved and remembered by all their students.

Bobbi Purvis

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 12, 2013:

Thanks thelyricwriter, for reading the hub and your positive feedback!

Its always a pleasure to have support from you. I am glad you found the hub useful.

Teachers definitely have a very important role in shaping up the personality and characteristics of a student, besides the learning.

Thanks for your support!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 11, 2013:

Voted up, useful, awesome, and shared on FB. I love this article:) Teachers play a vital role in the success of a child. Others may disagree and say that the parents do, but teachers shape the child for learning. As children, we never realize the importance of learning. Very important qualities for sure.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 08, 2013:

Thanks Vellur, for reading the hub and your appreciative comments!

You are right, a teacher plays a very important role in the development of a student.

Thanks for visiting this hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 08, 2013:

Thanks Vinaya, for visiting the hub and commenting!

Good to know about Nepal and when it honours its teachers.

Thanks and have a good day!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 08, 2013:

A great write about the good qualities of a teacher. A teacher plays a very important role in the development of a student.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on September 07, 2013:

In Nepal, there is no distinction between a Teacher and a Guru. That's the reason why Guru Purnima is also a Teacher's Day in Nepal.

We honored our teachers on July 22, on Guru Purnima.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2013:

Thanks denise.w.anderson, for reading the hub and sharing your experience! Its always a pleasure to have your comments.

You are right, some teachers influence our character and personality so deeply, that it leaves an impact for our whole life. And such teachers possess qualities of a great teacher.

Thank you so much for your visit and comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 06, 2013:

Hi Devika!

So nice to see you here! You are right, the teacher-student relationship is not the same as it used to be. A lot has changed in society and thus this has also been affected.

Thanks for your visit and insightful comments!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on September 05, 2013:

I will forever remember some of the teachers I had during my school years. The thing that stands out the most is the personal relationship I had with them. I knew that they cared about me and I wanted to do my best for them. I have seen the same thing in my children's relationships with their teachers. Some teachers have a gift when it comes to relating with the students, and they help them to do their best, no matter what it is.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 05, 2013:

Excellent write up on the qualities of a good teacher, it is so often not seen in some cases, a useful and interesting hub

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