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Top 7 Characteristics and Qualities of a Good Teacher

Updated on September 15, 2016

A good teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

— Henry Adams

Every teacher wants to be a good teacher, but what is this myth about being a "good teacher"? Who is it? What are the characteristics? And how can you become one?

Teaching jobs are often lucrative and satisfying for people who love to teach. I am a teacher too, though I do not think myself as a very good teacher, but I know for one thing that majority of my students do love me, and I guess this is the point where good things start to happen.

I was thinking about what are the characteristics of a good teacher and how can I one. Or which characteristics and qualities should a good teacher possess? So I came up with some qualities which I found most relevant for a person involved in a teaching job. I believe if a teacher possesses the following characteristics and qualities, he/she can become a very good teacher with large fan base too.

1. Friendliness and Congeniality

I think the most important characteristic of a good teacher can have is to be friendly and congenial with his students. It is a plus if his students can share their problems with him, without being afraid or hesitant. I think students have always thoughts of their teachers as their enemies (in a funny sense though :p). With this mentality, they can never be close to each other, and besides that how many teachers did you like who were NOT friendly, and were rather arrogant and rude?

2. A Good Personality

A good teacher has a very good personality; there is no second thought about it. Students always get attracted to teachers with good personality which leads to better communication, understanding, and ultimately good results. Everyone can have a good, decent, likable, and presentable personality. Just dress sensibly well, smell good, and be a little gentle and kind. That's all.

3. Deep Knowledge and a Great Education

Another important characteristic of a good teacher is his knowledge and own education. There is a saying that 'a teacher is only as good as his knowledge is.' After all, he is doing a teacher's job, which is to teach. If he himself lacks in the knowledge of a certain subject that he teaches, he is never going to make a name for himself. So, sign up with only that subjects which you have really good expertise; and it is a moral duty too. Otherwise, it is not worth it.

4. A Good Communicator

One of the very important characteristics of a good teacher is his communication skills. He should be a very good speaker. This characteristic will provide benefits in several ways. For example:

  1. If his communication skills are good, he can convey his lectures with better skill and results.
  2. If he is a good speaker, his class strength increases automatically. People love to hear a person who he can speak well enough. There is always a shortage of good speakers in the world ;)

5. A Good Listener

Apart from being a good communicator, a good teacher should also have the characteristic of being an even better listener. As there is Turkish proverb:

"If speaking is silver; then listening is gold."

Remember, a good listener will always have many friends and fans. Because people do not want to hear every time, they need people who can listen to them as well. And when a good teacher develops this patient quality in himself, he starts to become a great teacher.

6. A Good Sense of Humor

A good teacher should also have the quality and characteristic of having a good sense of humor. It is a logical fact that a person generally teaches the next generation and as they are younger than the professor, they are expected to have more fun in the class too. So, a good teacher is the one who can keep up with his sense of humor, and with his strong communication skills and personality, can also maintain the discipline of the class.

7. Kindness

The last but obviously one of the most important characteristics to have in his box of qualities: he should be a gentle, kind, chivalrous, and benevolent person. Students should love him, and when they do love him, they idolize him. Then ultimately, they will respect him, will do the homework, and eventually will bring greater outputs and results.


Which is the most important characteristic of a good teacher?

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I hope these little tips will help you out. If you have any queries, feel free to ask in the comments' section and if you like to share your personal experience or thoughts, feel free to share. I AM A GOOD LISTENER :)

Be gentle, be kind, take care.


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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I still remember two of my great teachers, one taught Geography and the History. The history teacher also taught my mother, eldest sister however she retired before my kid sister arrived there. These two made themsleves available to all when ever there was a need.

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      ACSutliff 5 years ago

      I agree with you that who you are as a person often affects who you are as a teacher, too. The best teachers are good people at heart. Above and beyond that, I think good teachers let students explore and discover instead of just tell tell tell, and they let the students do most of the talking. There's more to it than that, but if you do those two things, you are on your way to a discovery-based classroom that will engage your students.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @writer20: Good teachers are really an asset in our life, and a blessing. They help is so many ways that we discover in various patches and passages of our lifetime. Congratulations for having such wonderful teachers in your life.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Acsutliff: I totally agree with you. A teacher helps the students to discover their own ways, thoughts and motivate them to develop mentally with utmost confidence. Without, the things you mentioned, it is not possible.

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      doqli 5 years ago from bangalore - India

      Thanks a lot for the Hub.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @doqli: My pleasure :)

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      Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

      You write very interestingly my friend. I agree with your points.

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      Naima 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such an interesting hub:)

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      gekeye 5 years ago

      More importantly, teachers--paticularly at the high school level where I teach--must be able to relate every lesson to everyday life. We should be able to tell students every single day how that particular content, process or both will benefit them once they leave school and hopefully become the critical thinking, productive citizens we want them to be.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Great tips. A good teacher is hard to find and when you find one, you find gold. It's invaluable. Thanks for sharing.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @gekeye: Very good point. Highly appreciable. Thank you

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @anglnwu: Thank you for you comment and appreciation.

      And yes you are absolutely right: when you find a good teacher, you find gold. :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      I wish I had you as a teacher when I was going to school.

      "If speaking is silver; then listening is gold."

      This is so true.

      Someone may possess knowledge or even have expertise but that does not make them a good teacher. The characteristics you describe do.

      Voted up up and away.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Sueswan: Thank you so much. Your comment made my day :) Be blessed.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      GREAT article! School starts in 2 days in Orlando...I am going to share this with my Facebook friends because I have many teachers who would appreciate it. Thank you for the hub!

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      lhchan 5 years ago

      I agree with you, I am not a teacher but will use your tips to be a good teacher at home - my kids.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Sunshine625: I am honoured that you consider my article that much good enough. Thank you very much :)

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Ihchan: Best of luck. I hope this little effort of mine will produce good results for you and your kids :)

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      I ran into my 4th grade school teacher at a funeral. I have so many pleasant memories of her. Isn't it amazing how they can affect you.?I have much respect for anyone who teaches. They are the very people when spend the most time with our kids. I could not be a teacher.

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      Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Useful information which is well shared,Thanks for sharing as i look forward to your hubs.

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      Hunbbel, I couldn't do the 'vote' box. I needed to click more than one answer.

      This is a great hub, and one of the reaons I enjoyed it so much is ... I was blessed with spectacular teachers!

      That they were smart, was only a small part of the reason I think that. Not only were they smart (the ones I deemed spectacular), but, they were sensitive and inspiring!

      They saw past the designer clothes, or the shabby clothes, and went straight for the heart of their students. They inspired them to be better tomorrow than they were today. They recognized their strengths and and added to them, as well as deciphering their weaknesses and provided extra attention and tools to help them overcome.

      I still love teachers, and several of mine still keep in touch with me, even the ones from way back in grammar school.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @femmaflashpoint: It is so glad to hear that you have such a big space in your heart for your beloved teachers. It is indeed a great blessing to have a good teacher in your life. This is a tribute to all of them; anywhere in the world. May God bless them all!

      Thank you for stopping by :)

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      Princess Hearts 5 years ago

      Useful information which is well shared,Thanks for sharing as i look forward to your hubs.THANKX

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      Hussain from pakistan 4 years ago

      i really liked this hope you will continue to write

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Succintly done. You have captured many of the good traits a teacher needs here. I like the little nuggets of inspirational quotes and explanatory notes under each characteristic. well done!

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      Stefan Azzopardi 4 years ago

      I am currently in my final year doing a BS degree in ICT and was looking for some career ideas. Your article has inspired me to go on an become a teacher. I really like ICT only because my secondary school ICT teacher was the best I ever had. He influenced my life and I went on and did a degree in the subject. I want to the the same to future generations. Thanks a lot. You should be really proud of this article. Someone who writes with such passion is indeed a great teacher.

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      Honey 4 years ago

      well.. that's a very nice article i must say...!! at least i learnt a lot from this...i am myself a teacher and i am sure these tips will help me to improve further as a good teacher! :)

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      Amanullah 4 years ago

      I agree with you . Thank you for very useful information .Really you have mentioned ''THE GREAT CHARACTERISTICS '' Thanks a lot .

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      Amanullah 4 years ago

      I agree with you . Thank you for very useful information .Really you have mentioned ''THE GREAT CHARACTERISTICS '' Thanks a lot .

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      anil chauhan 4 years ago

      it is true that in shaping the character of children teacher play an important role.

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      I am very happy for the good topic that I have learnt from this web

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I am a teacher by trade and your article captured all the qualities of a good teacher. Shared, voted up and interesting.

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      iheartkafka 4 years ago

      Great list. I would also add a true passion. Passion for not only one's content area but educating kids, too. As we know, teaching (and ALL that it entails) is not easy; it takes a certain drive for one to stay truly committed to the field.

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      sriparna 4 years ago from New Delhi

      Very well organized and all the important qualities of a good teacher wonderfully assembled into one hub. I am a teacher, passionate about my profession, so I can truly feel each of the points you have mentioned. I couldn't take the poll as I thought all the qualities are equally important. Another point I would like to add: Show your concern to the students by acting, not just by words, call them individually if you think they are not performing and ask the problems; give them extra help when needed; tell them that they have great potential and also appreciate them for instances when they teach you something and you learn about recent technologies which they are so smart at. I have learnt so much from my students that I am evolving as a better teacher everyday, yet to become a great one, but on my journey! Thanks for sharing!

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @iheartkafka: Thank you for your contribution. Passion and true commitment are seriously some of the most important aspects.

      @Sriparna: Thank you. It is always a great honor to have an experienced teacher coming at this hub. I do agree with you. Motivation is something that I forgot to add - though, I should have. Thank you for your valuable input :)

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      Ait Aissa Mouloud 4 years ago

      Any real positive change can be initiated by good teachers because they are able to modify behavor and promote ideas

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      ashraf farid 4 years ago

      as a teacher I'll try to maintain these.

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      andili attoumane 4 years ago

      i'm a learning for severals ideas that you posted ,i mean ,i'm a good listener because all my dream is to become a good my own of point of vew is to thanfull all person have shared her or his knowledge .

      i hope to be interested with.


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      Mr.Reda 4 years ago

      thanks for your picturesque subject . i am a teacher and of course iwill benefit from this topic. Also the teacher should be a human being and treat students as they are or better . He should know needs. remove weeds,plant seeds and grow deeds.

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      David LBenson 3 years ago

      Educational... I love this article

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      bfilipek 3 years ago

      I've also notices that experience play a huge role when being a good teacher. Sometime you can learn some teaching theories, but you have to actually be able to implement it in real world.

      Great point about "being a good listener".

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      Hollie 3 years ago

      There are many important characteristics that distinguish a good teacher from a bad one. These also apply to tutors. This is the main reason as to why in addition to the characteristics mentioned above, I also gauge the level of patience that a tutor has whenever I enlist Vancouver tutoring services for my kids. I came across a website that I find to be very useful for those who want more information about this subject:

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Teachers often tend to be the first adult role model (outside the home), an important fact. Your hub describes such person really well:) I see a teacher like other leading positions, a teacher is a leader and a role model and then the qualities you describe makes a good leader and role model!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Good and practical advice for teachers. An excellent read.

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      CDX 2 years ago

      Nice advices for being a great teacher... but I think if you could include case studies or your personal experience, this Hub will be greater. :)

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      m abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Excellent. Keep it up. We all are highly influenced by our reacher. In fact they reflect in our achievements. I think a teacher should also have few more qualities. One is that he should influence students so that they can recognize their strenghts and weakness. He should make them realize with regard to their future roles and responsibilities.

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      po 2 years ago

      Education is very important for every individual

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      Settie Shairah Metopher 2 years ago

      A good realistic quality of a teacher is enough to know the teacher what is suit to a good and effective teaching-learning-process...

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      a.gumede 2 years ago

      I agree with you this is very inspiring and I will beer this information in mind this will help me in future .since well I'm doing my degree in teaching

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      pratibha shinde 24 months ago

      Very good and inspiring article n really worth reading it

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      nicholus 11 months ago

      so awesome i hv loved it..... thx

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      Kymbat 3 months ago

      THANK U!!!

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      ali 3 months ago

      very good comment

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      R.Selladuari MSc.BEd,Principal 2 months ago

      I like very much this articles

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      India is celebrating 5th September of every year since 1962 as 'Teacher's Day', whereas, UNESCO started to celebrate 'World Teacher's Day' from 1994 (October 5th every year).

      I am from India, and in India 'Teaching' is still considered as a 'Noble' profession. A great respect is given to those who are in Teaching profession.

      In our mythology, it is said that when 'God' and 'Teacher' are standing together, one has to wish his Teacher first then God (Teacher has more respect than God). Teacher has to carry a great responsibilities on their shoulders as they has to build good and responsible citizens of their countries.

      It is once said that 'a mother is the first teacher of her child.' But, now the things have been changed so dramatically that a working mother has not much time to look after her child, what she can teach them. And, to teach all good manners and behaviors are now the responsibilities of a teacher to teach them (child).

      Your article is indeed very impressive and it will help the person to get motivate and improve their 'Duties' as a Teacher.

      Thank You

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      Charlotte 3 weeks ago

      Your Hubs are really good. i am a teacher

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      Bank Kanyelela from Tanzania 21 hours ago

      I Havebeen admired with your explanation about a good teacher,

      always a good teacher is the one who can help the society to reach

      its goals.

      I Wish to use these tips in my teaching practices which are going to be practised soon,thank you for your article Mr.Syed .H.Meer

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      NONOY GARCIA 89 minutes ago

      This is to determined that every teacher has their own style in teaching i think i believe in saying "teacher is a hero of all student."

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