Here’s an ever-growing list of the qualities of great teachers collected from students, teachers, and researchers in education. The qualities have been organized into categories, but some fall into more than one category. Identify the qualities that you valued as a student, those that you think you’re already doing well, and those you’d like to take on as teaching goals. Choose one per week or one per class to focus on. Talk with your colleagues about their approaches to get ideas.
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Keep good records.
Start and end the class on time.
Have their materials in order.
Share the plan for the day in a handout/pdf or on the board.
Incorporate visuals, movement, sound, experiences, anecdotes to make the lesson interesting.
Encourage active learning by getting students to talk, write, move, and create.
Know their subject thoroughtly, yet present it succinctly.
Set a good pace and vary the pace.
Speak naturally, clearly, and loud enough but not too loud.
Have a sense of humor/fun, but know how to keep order.