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Characteristics Of An Effective Teacher

What does an effective teacher look like? What are his/her characteristics. Dive in below, to have a look at what we believe to be an effective teacher, who will be remembered fondly by colleagues.


THE TEACHER AS A PERSON

  1. I assume ownership of this class and am responsible for the students’ success.
  2. I am approachable and pleasant.
  3. I understand the feelings of students.
  4. I communicate clearly.
  5. I admit my mistakes and correct them immediately.
  6. I think about my teaching, and learn from things gone wrong.
  7. I am not afraid to laugh and show my sense of humour.
  8. I dress appropriately in a manner suitable for my position.
  9. I always maintain confidential trust.
  10. My classes are structured, but I am flexible and spontaneous.
  11. I am responsive to situations and students’ needs.
  12. I enjoy teaching.
  13. I expect students to enjoy learning.
  14. I look for a win-win solution in conflict situations.
  15. I listen attentively to student questions and comments.
  16. I respond to students with respect, even in difficult situations.
  17. I tell my students that I have high expectations of them.
  18. I have positive one-on-one conversations with students outside the classroom.
  19. I talk to single students or small groups of students outside the classroom.
  20. I maintain a professional manner at all times.
  21. I address students by name.
  22. I speak with an appropriate tone and volume.
  23. I work actively with students.
  24. I care about the academic and personal well-being of each of my students.

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION

  1. My students know what is expected on them.
  2. I am firm and consistent with discipline and management.
  3. I take care to have a physical environment in the classroom where the instructional material and equipment are in good condition.
  4. I take care to cover the walls of my classroom with student work, and other student-made work.
  5. I insist that students address one another in a positive and respectful manner.
  6. I encourage students to express themselves in the class in a polite and disciplined manner.
  7. I manage emergency situations as they occur.
  8. I establish routines for the running of the classroom and the handling of routine student needs (washroom visits etc.)
  9. I provide positive feedback and praise.
  10. I discipline students with dignity and respect.
  11. I provide opportunities to students for taking responsibility and leadership.
  12. I am consistent in management.
  13. I post classroom and school rules on the wall of the classroom.


PLANNING INSTRUCTION

An effective teacher

  1. I write detailed lesson plans for every single lesson.
  2. Lesson plans are aligned with scheme of work.
  3. The objective of each lesson is stated clearly.
  4. I have a measurable objective which I achieve most of the time.
  5. My learning material is always ready.
  6. I prepare interesting ICT based material when there is a need.
  7. I plan my lesson in such a way that time is utilized optimally.
  8. I mark books and give back the next day.

IMPLEMENTING INSTRUCTION

  1. I never waste instructional time by being late to class, by taking too much time to switch on the projector etc.
  2. I have effective strategies for ensuring that homework is handed to me by all students on time.
  3. All students have a chance to express themselves during the class in a structured manner.
  4. I have eye contact with all students.
  5. If a student asks a doubt, I make it a chance to explain it to the whole class.
  6. I move around the classroom a lot.
  7. I provide feedback (verbal, nonverbal and written).
  8. I always give doable homework.

MONITORING STUDENT PROGRESS AND POTENTIAL

  1. I design good tests that are doable yet challenging.
  2. I give constructive comments and feedback on how to improve.
  3. I give extra help after poor test performance by some students.
  4. I prepare students well for tests.
  5. I ask questions during the class to check for understanding.
  6. I ask questions to all students to check for understanding during class.
  7. I re-teach after assessment to correct gaps in student learning.
  8. I contact parents whenever there is a need.

PROFESSIONALISM

  1. I keep learning about my profession, how to teach better, and to improve my subject knowledge.
  2. I don’t mix the personal and the professional.
  3. I keep accurate records.
  4. I submit records on time.
  5. I am careful about my work .
  6. I attend all meetings and other workshops for my professional development.
  7. I don’t believe that I am a perfect teacher: I know that I have a lot to learn even though I am experienced and qualified.
  8. I perform assigned duties.
  9. I implement school policies.
  10. I work for the betterment of the whole school: not just my subject.
  11. I volunteer to assist other teachers.
  12. I treat my colleagues and superiors with respect at all times.
  13. I meet deadlines all the time.

There! Any teacher who aspires to greatness in his/her profession will internalize these pieces of wisdom, and act accordingly.


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