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Ten Characteristics of a Good Teacher

English Teacher Forum article
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Jessica Campos

on 6 September 2012

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Transcript of Ten Characteristics of a Good Teacher

Ten Characteristics of
a Good Teacher Patricia Miller has been working in the field of English language teaching and learning for more than 15 years. "I find it benefitial to view the process through the eyes of a student."
Patricia Miller Make the enjoyment in transmitting knowledge evident and endearing.
Who the teacher is and how he acts in the classroom are crucial factors in effective teaching. 1. Contagious enthusiasm for teaching This can influence the way the students react toward the class. Creative materials and activities.
Use techniques that allow the students use the skills that they have already develop in their L1 and engage their minds. 2. Be creative If the students have a good time learning they will make a lot of progress because they will not be afraid of making mistakes. 3. Add pace and humor to the class If the teacher maintains an excellent pace, the students will not have time to get distracted and would be absorbed in class, "The affective filters of the students were low, facilitating acquisition."
Krashen Challenge and prepare the students to speak the L2 and use the target language.
Switching codes back and forth from L2 to L1 can be confusing for the students, while the teacher shows a lack of patience. 4. Challenge the students Maintain a high level of difficulty to challenge, but no so high to discourage. When the teacher is positive the students will apply themselves more actively.
The students can lose their motivation and become insecure if they notice that the teacher is discouraged and has lost confidence in them. 5. Be encouraging and patient The students who have a teacher who can not express himself adequately, probably feel pretty incompetent.
Find out what the students' interests are.
Use anecdotes to create a comfortable environment in the classroom. 6. Show interest in the students as persons Be realistic and courageous enough to admit that you do not know an answer.
Take into consideration the needs of the students and prepare explanations according to their level. 7. Be knowledgeable Be accessible.
Teachers should encourage students not only to study grammar or vocabulary, but to find areas and activities in which they are interested. 8. Take time to answer questions
after class Acquisition would be easier when the information is interesting for the students. Be certain that your are including everyone equally to encourage the students and lead them to progress. 9. Be fair and treat all students
the same Try not to block any learning or acquisition by your emotions.
To be effective, the teacher must be in some cases an actor, but do not abuse of acting. 10. Leave your emotional baggage
outside the classroom Areas Affective characteristics Skills Classroom management encouragement Academic
knowledge enthusiasm humor interest availability mental
health pace fairness creativity challenge 1. Are these characteristics still
valid nowadays? Why or why not?

2. Is it necessary to have all these
characteristics to be considered
as a good teacher? Why or why not?
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