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Teachers Share: What Makes A Good Teacher?

Teachers Share: What Makes A Good Teacher?

What makes a good teacher? Qualities of a good teacher can range from their patience with their students to their passion about the job.

"There are many ways to define a good teacher, from the official measurements to the anecdotal memories and we can all remember our favourite teachers from our own school days," said an article on "We’ve decided to gather together some views from students, staff, teachers, alumni and our chancellor about what they believe is the all-important definition of a good teacher."

Here are a few responses on what makes a good teacher:

Martha Russell, primary education with QTS degree student with maths specialism:

“I think a good teacher must be passionate about learning, patient with the children, and most importantly inspiring. Children can be inspired by people all around them but if their teacher is not supportive and doesn’t inspire them to work hard and achieve their dream, they are not reaching their potential as a teacher.”

Professor Tanya Byron, Edge Hill University Chancellor, psychologist, author and television personality:

“A good teacher inspires their learners. They understand each student’s individual learning profile and have the courage to step away from a narrow curriculum and the pressure of targets and creatively engage their students with passion and intellectual rigour inside and out of the classroom.”

Katie Hilton, early years education with QTS degree student, Edge Hill University:

“What makes a good teacher is perseverance, creativity and hard work. It isn’t just a 9-5 job with plenty of holiday bonuses, it requires developing relationships with parents, staff and children to ensure they strive to be the best they can be. A good teacher will challenge children’s thinking and provide experience’s to prepare them for real life situations.”

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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