Top 9 Characteristics and Qualities of a Good Teacher

Top 9 Characteristics and Qualities of a Good TeacherTop 9 Characteristics and Qualities of a Good Teacher.

Every teacher wants to be good, but what exactly are the qualities that make a good teacher? What are the skills, talents, and characteristics, and can they be taught or learned?

Teaching can be quite satisfying for people who do it well. I know this because I am a teacher, too. Although I do not think I’m always the best teacher, do I know that the majority of my students love me, and I guess this is partly why good things happen in my classroom.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about—and done a lot of research into—the question of what characteristics make a teacher effective and how I can succeed in the classroom. Although every great teacher has their own special, unique style, I have found that there are nine specific universal qualities that are necessary for anyone who wants to teach effectively, whether they want to teach in an elementary school or a university. If any teacher possesses the following characteristics and qualities, he/she can become a very good teacher with large fan base.

What Makes a Great Teacher.

expert communication skills superior listening skills deep knowledge and passion for their subject matter the ability to build caring relationships with students friendliness and approachability excellent preparation and organization skills strong work ethic community-building skills high expectations for all.

Each of these characteristics is described fully below. Although great teachers may also possess a number of other wonderful qualities (like a sense of humor, personality, flexibility, kindness, leadership, classroom management, a calm demeanor, experience, and the ability to multitask), these are the qualities the best teachers universally possess.

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.

— William Butler Yeats.

1. Excellent Communication Skills.

You’d think that the most important quality for a teacher to possess would be knowledge, since that’s what the job is all about, after all: sharing knowledge. But no matter how knowledgable a person is, if they can’t convey what they know to others in a way that is not only understandable but engaging, the knowledge itself is useless.

If a teacher’s communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, and visual, which involve speaking, writing, imagery, body language, and the organization of ideas into understandable structures) are good, they can convey knowledge with better skill and results. Since a large part of good communication is knowing when the audience has understood, these teachers notice when they have communicated effectively and when they have not. They will often paraphrase, illustrate, or take another tact entirely when it becomes apparent that their communication has fallen flat or has not reached or connected to the entire class. A good teacher notices when even one student among many does not understand, and makes an effort to communicate individually when necessary. Communication also involves explaining exactly what the assignments and expectations are. When students fully understand what is expected of them, it’s much easier for them to deliver. Interestingly, not only are communication skills incredibly important in the classroom, but they are among the most important skills in any setting. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, most Americans view communication as the most important skill for long term success “to get ahead in the world today.” So by being good communicators, teachers are modeling important lifetime skills by example.

2. Superior Listening Skills.

In addition to being good communicators, good teachers also happen to be excellent listeners. As the Turkish proverb says,”If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.” Of course, effective communication only happens when at least two parties are actively involved in the process together, and the only way to know if communication is heard is by asking (and listening to the answer).

So in an ideal learning environment, teachers ask important questions and then actively, carefully, empathetically listen to what learners have to say. When good teachers develop this patient quality in themselves, they start to become great. Great teachers listen hard and then use what they hear to improve the communication.

Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach.

3. Deep Knowledge of and Passion for the Subject Matter.

There is a saying that a teacher is only as good as what they know. If a teacher lacks knowledge in a subject, that dearth of understanding is passed along to the students. And keep in mind that although formal education is one way a teacher might gain the knowledge they need in order to teach well, there are other ways.

Passion is infectious. Love of a subject matter inspires a person to learn more, dig deeper, and think harder about it, so passion inspires deeper knowledge. The best teachers are those that clearly love their subjects and pass that passion and desire to learn more on to their students. When the teacher not only has the right answer to a student’s question but can expand the discussion with vivid examples, amusing illustrative anecdotes, and relevant facts, and when the teacher has a deep well of understanding and expertise to draw on, then every lesson is enriched, and every student might be inspired.

4. The Ability to Develop Strong Relationships With Students.

It’s not enough just to know what you’re talking about, though, and a great teacher doesn’t only teach from the head. In the best classrooms, hearts are involved, as well. In order to create successful learning environments, great teachers need to be able to build caring relationships with their students. It is the caring student-teacher relationship that facilitates the exchange of information.

The best teachers are often the ones that care the most deeply, not only about their jobs, but about every student they serve. It’s not enough just to love the subject matter: Great teachers also share a love of students. Caring about the students is what inspires teachers to reach out, do better, communicate more, ask, learn, refine, and improve. This is something that can’t be taught, not even in the best school.

5. Friendliness and Approachability.

Because it’s the teacher’s job to help students learn, they must be easy to approach. Students will have questions that can’t be answered if the teacher isn’t friendly and easy to talk to. The crabby, unapproachable, terse, mean, arrogant, rude, all-business teacher can’t last long. If the students think of their teacher as their enemy, they certainly won’t learn much. The best teachers are the most open, welcoming, and easy to approach.

6. Preparation and Organization Skills.

No matter how charming you are, if you show up for a class without an excellent plan for how to teach your material, you won’t succeed. Great teachers spend endless hours outside of the classroom preparing, designing lessons, learning more (both about their subject matter specifically and how to teach, in general), participating in professional development, and thinking of fresh and interesting ways to reach the students.

The best teachers have excellent lesson plans, lectures, and assignments that they continually improve. They have studied extensively and read widely about how to teach and methods to facilitate learning. They structure their days, lessons, and units in a way that fosters maximal understanding and interest. They collaborate with other teachers and attend classes to learn more about their subject matter and how to best convey it. They are available outside of class, and they grade papers quickly, writing personal notes to help their students understand.

A good teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

7. A Strong Work Ethic.

Anyone who’s done it knows that teaching is one of the hardest jobs there is. The secret that keeps them going is that great teachers really, really want to be great teachers, and they’ll stop at nothing do succeed. A great teacher will do almost anything to help their students. They always make time and they’re always willing to help. If something doesn’t work, they’ll work tirelessly until they find a solution. A teacher’s work is never done but the best ones never stop trying, they never quit.

8. The Ability to Build Community.

The best teachers understand the importance of building supportive and collaborative environments. In addition to forming caring relationships with each student, the best teachers foster healthy and mutually respectful relationships between the students. They know how to establish guidelines and assign roles to enlist every student’s help and participation. Every student feels like they are not only accepted by the larger group, but that their presence is a necessary ingredient in the classroom’s magic. Their classrooms are like little communities where each individual plays a part and feels at home.

9. High Expectations for All.

Studies show that a teacher’s expectations have a huge impact on student achievement. The best teachers have high expectations for all of their students. They expect a lot from each student, but those expectations are both challenging and realistic. This doesn’t mean they hold all students to the same high standard, but instead that they know what each student is capable of individually and strive to help each one attain their personal best.

What do you think?

Which is the most important characteristic of a good teacher?

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Why do you want to know what makes a good teacher?

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John Adewoye.


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well conviced and hope all teachers will behave so.blessed.


Thank you for information.

Reno Odillo.

Realy,the must be approachable and create friendliness to the students.But also being responsible,honest and tolerant to students.

Salisu Ahamd Salisu.


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Being a teacher for more than 30 yrs I still would check if I still have thoae qualities.

This article helps.

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Lydia Bacca.

I really love this article, all the points are so true I am a teacher myself, and been teaching, I find so much satisfaction, in this profession, it’s a life touching work am so proud to be part of a student’s, life. God bless you all the Teachers around the World. Peace.

Abruhani Bakari.

Thanks. The article has been very useful in my teaching profession,particularly the paragraph about ability to develop strong relationship with students. Thanks.

Molla Derbew.

I Hopp I will update my self based on those Nine basic things. Thank you, well done!!


I hope I can practice it as good as I can.

I want to be a teacher. Since childhood.

Chris Door.

This is inspiring and insightful.

I am a young teacher and this is a timely reminder of the fact that I should bolster my morale and courage to grow and evolve.

I am loving it. Kudos to one who points these cold facts. I instinctively tends to this in my work.

Julius okeno.. homabay kenya.


teacher is born(god gifted) ,not trained. the one who donot agree this is not a teacher.


Very fantastic, applicable to all levels of learning.


Teachers are responsible for the track progress of students.


Teachers are the creators of civilisations, values , culture.

They weave tomorrow.

They sculpt mankind.

They give us tools to explore the immense potential that is innate in each one of us.


teaching is experienced.


Teachers are bedrock of every successful individual.

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Teacher is one who makes students life success.

Latoya Wallace.

I want to become a teacher its my desire, dream and passion and Im aiming for the goal.

mlamleli zubenathi.

i’m student teacher and i cant wait to be in the field i just love working with the children.


Just loving to make an impact in someone’s life, what l love to do most.


Just loving to share, what I have is most valuable in life.


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Uche Monica.

How do I access myself of being either a good or a bad teacher?


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The ideas about a real teacher.


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Nice article. One minor correction: In the communication section, the term is “take another tack” (with a K). Search that expression to see the origins of that expression.

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Rajendra Bhoglekar.

There is no limit to be a good teacher. Some qualities make well in the class, some more in the school, and some more in big student and teacher community. Yet this article motivate to follow the path to be the best teacher.

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