List of What Makes a Good Teacher – created by students


This “what makes a good teacher” created by a group of high school students.


treat students with respect

be enthusiastic

know your stuff

be available for extra help

use multimedia resources and multiple resources for students

connect with students/ form relationships

interact with students- outside school activities, talk about their personal lives

real life connections to materials/class

just talk to students and get to know them in first few days

if using PowerPoint, use less words and have slides available for download

don’t lecture for whole class, mix things up

use games for review

let students use a note card for test or some kind of reference

realistic homework – if you assign too much, students won’t do it, or won’t be able to

science classes – problems and projects and labs

give students multiple days to complete homework – allows for issues in schedule, sports, etc.

don’t give all class rules at once – overwhelms students – just touch on main points

use web resources – class site or blog, and review materials students can access at home

let students do work on board and explain how to do it instead of teacher always doing it

projects – one big one per marking period with some class time for them

let students pick project groups – easier for meeting outside of school

be flexible – reschedule test if lots of tests on same day or other things going on



What do you think? What would you add to the list?






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