Why teach

Characteristics of a Great Teacher Great teachers share certain characteristics. These characteristics help teachers transform the classroom into a world full of curiosity and learning. Although there are many characteristics that make a good teacher, these are key in making a great teacher. Patience One characteristic of any teacher, at any level, is that they should have patience. Patience is necessary when teaching new concepts to struggling students, when waiting for a kindergartener to find the right color, and when dealing with the third teenage break-up of the week. Everything that happens affects the classroom environment, whether it be the weather or what will be served for lunch. All these things and more must be dealt with using patience and understanding. Passion and Humor The greatest teachers will also have passion and a strong sense of humor. Great educators will be dedicated to searching for new and innovative ways of making content more interesting for students. This requires passion and dedication to a teacher's subject and his or her students. The greatest teachers find a way to make learning engaging, exciting, and relevant. Humors may just be as important as passion. Some days you must simply laugh at the bottle of glue or paint emptied on the floor. You will learn every childhood joke ever written and hear them each year. Students will expect a laugh from their favorite teacher, and you will of course, oblige. This builds up a student's confidence and helps them to see you as a person. Organization and Resourcefulness Possibly the most important qualities are organization and resourcefulness. Teachers are notorious for not having enough time to get to all their lessons. Good teachers have the ability to organize and plan lessons so that they are integrated and cross-curricular. Many teachers also struggle with not having enough school funds for extra classroom supplies and equipment. With that said, good teachers should be able to get crafty with ordinary items. This may mean having to get creative with how supplies are used as well as how lessons are taught (groups as opposed to individual projects). Because teachers must be resourceful in the classroom, it means that they often collect bits and pieces of items over time. It requires a great deal of organization to keep all these items in order. In upper level classrooms, organization is important because of the number of students, assignments, and classes that go through a single classroom each day.