Characteristics of a good teacher
Subject Specialist (Education)
1. Knowledge of the subject matter
You can’t teach what you don’t know.
So a teacher must be master of his
subject. Any weakness on his part will
decrease his prestige, in the eyes of his
students. Besides, he must love his
subject and continue building his
understandings of his subject throughout
• No teacher should be expected to have
much patience with individuals whose lack
of discipline, immaturity, or indolence
interrupts the work of other students.
Patience with students who are trying to
learn, however, is part and parcel of the
teaching profession. Impatience with
sincere students is an indication of the
teacher’s own shortcomings
3. Intellectual curiosity
• All good teachers are intellectually curious
and naturally driven by their interests in
keeping abreast of changes in their fields.
Experienced teachers have clear
thoughts on what their students should
know at the end of the term, and they
understand what they must do along the
way in order to reach those goals.
Teachers in elementary and secondary
schools must have eyes in the backs of
their heads. They need to be aware of
everything that happens in their
classrooms and in the school. Teachers
who are awake are able to stop nonsense
before it starts and keep students on track.
• In no profession is maturity more
important than in teaching. Students
experience emotional ups and downs, and
insightful teachers are able to sense the
changes and respond to them
appropriately. Teachers must be pillars,
consistently encouraging students to grow
as human beings and to develop
7. Community involvement
Maintaining good community relations is
part of being a teacher, and teachers’
contact with parents, administrators, and
community leaders enhances their
effectiveness in the classroom.
• One-on-one tutoring is easy compared to
leading a classroom of students in a single
direction. Teachers must be able to
manage student's multiple personalities
and organize their subject matters so that
a maximum number of students benefits
from their presentations.
• Perhaps the most important thing teachers
communicate to students and to the
community is a sense of satisfaction with
their choice of teaching as their life
mission. Teaching at its highest level is a
calling, and good teachers feel it to their
• Excellent teachers never lose enthusiasm
for their profession. They might become
temporarily burdened by administrative
hassles or isolated problems, but their
underlying engagement with their work is
unwavering. Students feel this energy, and
teachers who project it are much more
successful than those who do not.
A good teacher should be a model in
Character. His attitude should be praiseworthy.
He should have good habits. He should be true
Muslim. He must be the follower of Islamic
Values like brotherhood, truth, equality, and
justice. It proves often through observation that
most of the students idealize their teacher.
Therefore, a teacher should not be the victim of
smoking, bad company and wandering.
An ideal teacher have always a balanced
personality. He always keeps his emotions
in control. He established the atmosphere
of cooperation instead of quarrelling with
others. He chooses moderation instead of
Literary interest in one of the
characteristics of an ideal teacher. A good
teacher is always the fond of literature.
He has interest in studies. He harmonizes
his knowledge with age demands with the
help of now best newspapers , magazines,
radio and T.V. Due to extensive studies,
he can easily answer of the students out
of the syllabus also.
14-Love with teaching:
An ideal teacher always loves his
profession. He perform his duties
understanding it worship. He knows that
his profession is likely to act upon on
Sunnah. He feels pleasure in transferring
his knowledge to the students.
An ideal Teacher is a man who
possesses the professional skills. He has
professional education and knows the
latest teaching methods. A good teacher
always knows the teaching skill.
16-awareness to children Growth:
A good teacher should be aware the
psychology of the children and different
stages of the growth of the children. He
must be aware of the physical, emotional,
mental and social problems of the
children. In this way, he can teach the
The latest research has introduced new ways
of teaching in educational field. In old
educational system, the teacher was the centre
of education but now a days, the educational
activities revolves around the personality of the
children. In view of children different activity
based methods of teaching have been
introduced as activity based methods. An ideal
teacher uses the teaching method according to
the ability of the children.
Politeness is another characteristics of
a good teacher. He conquers the heart of
others through his good behavior and
politeness. His students and colleagues
like him due to his politeness. Because of
it, the school atmosphere becomes
19-Love for profession:
The teacher should feel the importance
of his profession. He must give his
exclusive attention to the growth and
development of the personalities of the
children under his charge.
20- Daily preparation:
perhaps there is no type of work where
the results of poor planning are so
devastating as in teaching. Careful and
systematic arrangement of the subject
matter and the classroom activities is
conducive to creative discipline. A well
prepared lesson helps to overcome the
feeling of nervousness' and insecurity
especially in the first attempt at teaching.
21-Skill in Questioning:
The success of class teacher in the class
also depends on the art of questioning.
One who questions faultlessly, teaches
effectively. With the help of right type of
question a wise teacher can lead the
students from dark and unknown regions
to known and bright ones.
22-Use of Material Aids:
Various teaching aids bring clarity and
vividness. It is a great asset to the teacher
to narrate stories and anecdotes which
appeal to the children at different age and
attainment levels. Abstract words and
phrases can be made clear by
A good teacher should be a good
leader and a good friend. He should also
be a disciplinarian and the students must
look up to him. However, this should not
stop him from acting like an ally under
One of the most important attribute of a
good teacher is to be a good
communicator. He should be comfortable
explaining things and enjoy doing the
The voice of a teacher should be clear. A
thin low voice develops dullness in the
class. A very high pitched voice must be
avoided. It distracts the minds of the
students and does not appeal to their
A teacher with a poor memory ridiculous.
It becomes easier for a teacher having
good memory to correlate many things. A
good creative memory is one of the
qualities that differentiates the good
teacher from the mediocre.
Good vitality is essential to successful, not
only in its relax influence upon the children
but also in making possible continuity of
work with the fewest possible interruptions
from illness because of general fatigue.
A teacher who is to show the way of
democracy to the students must develop
in himself a democratic attitude. His role is
of a friend, philosopher and guide and not
of a policeman.