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What are the qualities of a good teacher? 15 essential teaching skills to work on!

A good teacher possesses a combination of various qualities that contribute to effective and impactful teaching. These qualities of a good teacher go beyond subject knowledge and encompass interpersonal skills, instructional strategies, and a genuine commitment to student growth. Here are some key qualities of a good teacher:

What are the qualities of a good teacher?

Good teachers can look different from each other in many ways, from how they set up their classroom routines, to classroom decor, to the types of resources that they use. But everyone works to develop these essential qualities of a good teacher over the course of their career.

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Passion for teaching

A good teacher has a passion for teaching and is enthusiastic about the subject matter and teaching itself. Their excitement is contagious and can inspire students to engage actively in learning.

Effective communication

Clear and concise communication is vital for a teacher to convey complex concepts in a way that students can understand. Good teachers can adapt their communication styles to suit different learning styles and levels.

Subject expertise

A solid understanding of the subject matter is crucial. Good teachers are knowledgeable and stay current with developments in their field, providing accurate and up-to-date information to students.


Teaching is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. A good teacher is adaptable and can modify their teaching methods to cater to different learning preferences, abilities, and situations.


Not all students learn at the same pace. Patience is essential when dealing with different levels of understanding and providing additional support to struggling students.

Empathy and Compassion

Good teachers genuinely care about their student’s well-being, both academically and emotionally. They create a supportive environment where students feel comfortable expressing themselves and seeking help when needed.

Organizational Skills

Keeping lessons organized and structured helps students follow along and grasp concepts more effectively. Teachers need to plan lessons, assignments, and assessments in a coherent manner.


Finding innovative ways to present information and engage students can make learning more interesting and memorable. Creative teaching methods can inspire students to think critically and solve problems.

Strong Work Ethic

Teaching can be demanding, requiring time and effort outside of the classroom. Good teachers are dedicated and willing to put in the work necessary to help their students succeed.


A good teacher is open to different perspectives and ideas. They encourage students to express their thoughts and foster a classroom environment that values diverse viewpoints.

Positive Attitude

A positive demeanor can uplift students’ spirits and create a conducive learning atmosphere. Good teachers approach challenges with optimism and model a growth mindset.

Motivational Skills

Inspiring students to set and achieve goals is a vital aspect of teaching. A good teacher can motivate students by showing them the relevance of what they’re learning and how it applies to their lives.

Feedback and Assessment

Constructive feedback helps students understand their strengths and areas for improvement. Good teachers provide timely and actionable feedback to guide students’ progress.

Continuous Learning

Education is an ongoing process, and good teachers are committed to their own professional development. They seek out opportunities to learn new teaching strategies, technologies, and educational theories.

Respectful and Fair

Treating all students with respect and fairness is crucial. A good teacher creates an inclusive classroom environment where every student feels valued and treated equitably.

Remember, these qualities are interconnected, and a good teacher balances them to create a positive and effective learning experience for their students. 

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What essential skills should a new teacher work to develop?

Speaking of our amazing community of teachers in Wife Teacher Mommy Club, we asked their opinion on what essential teaching skills new teachers should try to develop. They shared some fantastic advice! Here is what they shared: 

  • Lisa M.: Self-reflection
  • Tammy J.: Developing respect from students, parents, and other teachers
  • Rachel M.: Classroom management
  • Megan B.: Technology, Bulletin Boards, Writing Skills
  • Gloria P.: Be the fun & happiest in the class
  • Melanie S.: After finishing my first year of teaching this last year and about to start my second year (but getting my teaching degree 10+ years ago) I would say classroom management skills and transition skills. For me, it’s easy to come up with lesson plans that are authentic and fun but there are so many things I feel like schools didn’t prepare me for those two things.
  • Hannah G.: A new teacher needs to develop routines and procedures for every movement their students make. In addition, they need to create a short list of rules/expectations (no more than five). Most importantly, these two things are very different and should not be confused!
  • Rachel A.: How to be consistent, even when you don’t want to be.
  • Courtney E.:  Decide what kids need to do vs what YOU need to grade… every piece of paper doesn’t need to be graded! Building relationships is more than 90% of the battle –  get to know your kids as individuals and CARE about them, and they’ll care about learning as much as they can through their trauma and experiences. But keep loving them! Communicate with families… make this a true partnership! I send home emails on Fridays that cover what we did, offer questions to ask your kids at the dinner table (with answers/links for more information) and a look at next week. This is a great way to build accountability and partnerships. Contact home for GOOD reasons and to ask for insight – ask if something is going on before jumping to a situation that went wrong.

In conclusion, developing the qualities of a good teacher is a journey that requires dedication, self-awareness, and continuous growth. Aspiring educators should recognize that being an effective teacher goes beyond simply imparting knowledge; it’s about fostering a dynamic and supportive learning environment that empowers students to thrive.

Ultimately, the qualities of a good teacher form a cohesive tapestry that transforms classrooms into vibrant centers of learning. By embodying passion, effective communication, adaptability, patience, empathy, and a dedication to growth, educators can profoundly impact their students’ lives. As they nurture curiosity, instill knowledge, and inspire a thirst for lifelong learning, teachers become the architects of a brighter future for generations to come.

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