Thought Provoking The Qualities of a Good Teacher  

Lauren Slocum
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Teaching is among the most rewarding and selfless careers out there. Every moment inside a classroom gives a teacher an opportunity to affect childrens' lives by spreading the gift of knowledge. But being a good teacher is no easy feat; the job involves more than just creating lesson plans and dishing out homework assignments. If you're interested in pursuing a teaching career, check out this list of the best qualities in a teacher to see how well you match up.
 

To be a great teacher, you should genuinely enjoy helping humanity. You need to be committed to the idea that education is one of the highest powers and privileges for children and this passion should extend outside of the classroom into your daily and personal life. If you have a background in Philanthropy, have the qualities of a great leader, and are passionate about education, you’d probably be a great teacher!
 

Along with being exceptionally nurturing, the best teachers are also passionate about the subjects they teach. Can you remember your favorite teachers? Everyone has one or two of them who really touched our lives - be it their personalities, their passion, or their particular teaching styles, they played a big role in the student or professional you’ve become. And we’re willing to bet that the reason they left such a lasting impression on you can be found somewhere in this list.
 

So, do you have a relentless passion for education? Do you find yourself revisiting listings for teacher jobs? If you’re considering pursuing a career as a primary school teacher, check out this list of characteristics that we think define a great teacher. If you feel like this list basically defines your personality, it just might be time for you to dive into your career as one of the most timeless and commendable roles on the planet.
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197 8
Dedicated is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Dedicated

2
168 6
Engaging is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Engaging

3
193 8
Respectful is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Respectful

4
211 10
Patient is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Patient

5
173 14
Open Minded is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Open Minded

6
145 9
Wise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Wise

7
136 9
Kind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Kind

8
131 9
Respectable is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Respectable

9
133 10
Passion for the Subject is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Passion for the Subject

10
157 19
Educated is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Educated

11
134 12
Confident is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Confident

12
148 18
Intelligent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Intelligent

13
117 11
Ethical is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Ethical

14
140 16
Integrity is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Integrity

15
146 17
Perceptive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Perceptive

16
139 18
Trustworthy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Trustworthy

17
107 11
Sincerity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Sincerity

18
127 17
Knowledgeable is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Knowledgeable

19
130 22
Creative is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Creative

20
79 8
Versatile is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Versatile

21
100 21
Enthusiastic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Enthusiastic

22
93 17
Passionate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Passionate

23
93 20
Organized is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Organized

24
88 18
Humility is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Humility

25
68 8
Well-adjusted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Well-adjusted

26
79 12
Resilient is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Resilient

27
77 12
Self-aware is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Self-aware

28
87 16
Accepting is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Accepting

29
71 11
Forgiving is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Forgiving

30
79 16
Reflective is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Reflective

31
65 18
Experienced is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Experienced

32
69 13
Warm is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Warm

33
61 10
Humble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Humble

34
65 12
Evolving is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Evolving

35
48 17
Savvy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Savvy

36
51 30
Assertive is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Assertive

37
56 33
High Expectations is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
High Expectations

38
52 22
Modest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Modest

39
14 2
Wise is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Wise

40
46 51
Tough is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Tough

41
11 10
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30 39
Sophisticated is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Sophisticated

43
32 46
Hip is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Hip

44
4 13
Young is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Young

45
31 52
Young is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Qualities of a Good Teacher
Young