The Most Essential Qualities of a Good Teacher

What are the most valuable qualities of a good teacher? Good teachers are made up of a combination of hundreds of qualities that allow them do their job effectively. There is no denying that all teachers have their own unique blend of these qualities. Each teacher is different, but virtually every good teacher has some combination of these twenty-five most essential qualities.

Fifteen Exceptional Things that Great Teachers Do

Most of us have had the privilege of having a great teacher. Great teachers go above and beyond to ensure that each child is successful. Many of us have had that one teacher that inspired us more than any other. Great teachers are able to bring the best out of every student. They are often energetic, fun, and seemingly always at the top of their game. Their students look forward to coming to their class each day. When they are promoted to the next grade, they are sad that they are leaving, but armed with the skills necessary to be successful.

Personality Traits That Help Teachers and Students Succeed

Personality traits are a combination of characteristics that are innate to us as individuals as well as characteristics that develop out of specific life experiences. I am a firm believer that the personality trait makeup of a person goes a long way in determining how successful they are.

Tips for Developing Positive Teacher Student Relationships

The best teachers are capable of maximizing the learning potential of every student in their class. They understand that the key to unlocking student potential is by developing positive teacher student relationships. Building a trusting relationship with your students can be both challenging and time consuming. Great teachers are masters at it and will tell you that developing solid relationships with your students is paramount in fostering academic success.

Helping Students – It’s What Teachers Do

Teaching should be driven by a passion to provide help for students no matter what that calls for. Teachers have a natural impact on a young person’s life. It is our duty to make the most of our time with each student allowing us to maximize the impact we have on their life. Helping students is what teaching is all about. When a person decides they want to become a teacher, this should be the number one reason.

What Does a Great Lesson Look Like on the Outside?

In my classroom, I am constantly amazed by how a thoroughly planned lesson can often fall flat, while sometimes when I’m “flying by the seat of my pants,” I can stumble upon magical teaching moments that really speak to and excite my students.

But, what exactly do the best lesson plans look like? What do they feel like to the students and to us? More concisely, what characteristics must a lesson plan contain in order to reach maximum effectiveness?


Every Kid Needs a Champion

Characteristics of an Effective Teacher

Short Film: What makes an effective teacher?

If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day Teaching

My Favorite Teacher – Man On The Street

An Amazing Teacher

Why Teaching Matters

Let’s Teach our Kids to “Fail Forward”

Unleashing Greatness in Teachers

Reimagining Classrooms: Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders

Learning Without Limits

What Great Teaching Looks Like

What Expectations Do Students Have of Schools?

TeachLive Simulation Video (A New Way for Teachers to Practice Classroom Management)

Presentation Skills

How to Do a Presentation- 5 Steps to a Killer Opener

Examples of Student Action Research Projects

What Can Kids Do? Student Research for Action

From 2003 – 2006, WKCD had the opportunity to help students and teachers nationwide initiate and conduct ambitious student “action research” projects targeting critical education and community issues. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided the financial support for this three-year initiative.

Here you will find descriptions of all 49 winning projects, a collection of final student products, and feature stories about 11 of the projects, including interviews with the educators who guided them.

Activity Ideas

Activity Ideas for Learning Interview Skills from the New York Times

How do interviewers craft and pose questions? How can questions open doors to information, shed light on important subjects and invite subjects to open up? In this lesson, students learn about interview skills and techniques, then practice interviewing and creating their own Q. & A.’s modeled on Deborah Solomon’s “Questions For” column in The Times Magazine.