10 Characteristics of Our Excellent Teachers

We love our excellent teachers at TIA! But we want you to do something before you continue to read this article. Do an internet search by typing in the words “Quotes about Teachers” into the search box. Then come back. Amazing yes? If you type in any other profession on the face of the earth, you will not see the same love and respect shown as you see for the teaching profession. Why is that? Because teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions! We wouldn’t have doctors, lawyers, astronauts, computer programmers, engineers, or any other profession for that matter if there hadn’t been a teacher to teach! From the moment we are born we are learning, which means someone is teaching! One thing is for certain -- Teachers do not choose their profession for fame, glory, or money. So why would someone choose to be a teacher? Well, for one thing, they have been given a gift. Not just anyone can be a good teacher. One must not just possess the knowledge to teach, but also the ability to share knowledge in a way that makes the student retain it and want more. But teaching is so much more than just disseminating information. Each teacher is unique and yet there seem to be some universal traits of excellent teachers. Think about your favorite teachers. Bet you will see a lot of their characteristics listed here.

? Excellent Teachers Make Learning Fun

Whether they are teaching the alphabet or advanced calculus, a good teacher can make learning fun! This requires an immense amount of creativity and also a passion for the subject they are teaching.

? Excellent Teachers Listen and Adapt

Lesson plans do not always go as anticipated. Good teachers are in tune with their students and adapt lesson plans on the fly to meet their student's needs.

? Excellent Teachers Care About Their Students

This doesn’t mean all teachers are warm and fuzzy. It does mean they are truly invested in each student’s success.

? Excellent Teachers Continue to Learn

It’s important for teachers to continue to add to their own knowledge base. Whether it’s to learn more about their students or the subjects they teach, an excellent teacher is also an excellent student.

? Excellent Teachers Love What They Do

Again, teachers generally do not enter their profession to become famous or rich. They become teachers because they love kids and they love learning. Teachers of excellence are able to imprint their joy of learning on their students. A joyous and engaged teacher is much more likely to have joyous and engaged students.

? Excellent Teachers are Amazing Communicators

Whether captivating the attention of 20 kindergarteners or meeting with a parent, teachers need to communicate well with a variety of people.

? Excellent Teachers are Inspirational

Many times the most important thing a teacher can do is help students to overcome their negative expectations of themselves and replace them with the ability to imagine their own success. It’s often a teacher who sees students’ potential long before the students see it for themselves.

? Excellent Teachers Understand Balance

Balancing the different needs of a classroom full of students can be daunting. An excellent teacher knows how to manage the needs of individual students while maintaining the goals and expectations of the group as a whole.

? Excellent Teachers Go the Extra Mile

Teachers of excellence often do whatever it takes to help students learn and achieve success. Much of their work takes place after the last bell of the school day has rung.

? Excellent Teachers are Good Role Models

They are people of character. They are honest and exhibit integrity. They do not hold double standards for themselves and their students. We are confident that you recognize these characteristics in every teacher at Tucson International Academy!  

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