BEST TEACHER DESCRIPTION by Dr. Glen W. Probst There are many characteristics, techniques, etc. that make for a successful teacher. These may be as varied as the teachers themselves. However, there are certain time-tested attributes, characteristics, and practices which contribute immensely to teacher success.

The following list contains items that students have used to describe their best teachers. 1. Enthusiasm Students can feel the excitement Students easily detect the teacher's love for job and subject 2. Preparation Teacher knows the subject Teacher plans and prepares lessons daily 3. Punctuality Always arrives on time Begins and ends class on time Expects and encourages students to arrive on time 4. Support and concern for students Lets students know that he / she cares about their success Takes time with students Allows for creativity Is friendly and courteous Is supportive and encouraging Is smiling, caring and loving 5.

Consistency Does not miss class Is consistent in attitude and dealings with students Is always well prepared to teach class 6. Politeness Treats students with respect Does not condescend Avoids embarrassing students in class 7. Firmness and control Is firm in a kind manner Avoids tangents in teaching 8. Does not play favorites 9. Provides personal help Takes time to explain concept Gives individual attention 10. Accepts individual differences 11.

Employs an effective delivery Clarifies for understanding Creates a sense of fun with the learning task Eliminates bad, irritating and / or distracting habits 12. Does not make students lose face Avoids criticizing students 13. Has high expectations of class member 14. Is humble 15.

Is fair 16. Uses variety Uses a variety of learning activities Experiments Allows for spontaneity 17. Has a sense of humor; is relaxed 18. Use of engaged time Sets a good pace and provides for a change of pace Avoids engaging students in "busy work" 19. Use of text Is not a slave to the text Uses text as a road map 20. Keeps within 1-2 days of the scheduled course outline 21.

Field trips and other activities Applies student experiences to classwork 22. Does not always teach from a sitting or leaning position 23. Interpersonal relationships with students Does not allow students to call him / her by first name Does not try to win a popularity contest Maintains a healthy teacher-student relationship Respects students (remember that sometimes what you think is healthy, fun joking with students may be interpreted by them as disapproval and dislike. ) 24.

Does not allow one or two students to monopolize or dominate the class 25. Keeps accurate records of Work completed Attendance Test results Grades.