By Jack Robaszkiewicz
What sets apart a good teacher from a bad teacher? Is it the way they interact with their students? Do they not give a lot of homework? Recently I have been thinking about this question. After giving it some thought, I decided to share my personal opinions on what makes a successful teacher.
For starters, good teachers cares about their students. They want their class to be successful and will go out of their way to make sure they accomplish this. Teachers can be caring in many ways:
- They are willing to stay after school to help struggling students.
- They teach at a reasonable pace.
- They are at school majority of the time.
Have you ever had a teacher who is never at school and then tries to blame you when you don’t understand the material? I have and it makes it extremely difficult to pass the class. My freshman year, I had a teacher who would miss one to two times a week and it caused my grade to suffer. Teacher attendance is just as important as student attendance.
Finally, good teachers make sure that their students feel welcome in their classroom. If teachers are rude and disrespectful to their students, this is going to cause negativity in the classroom. Students won’t want to do their work and some may even skip the class all together. Whereas teachers who are kind and welcoming, their classroom will tend to have a positive feeling. This in turn will make students want to do their work and be successful so they can get a good grade.
Throughout my school career I have had several teachers. I am thankful to say that majority of them were caring and wanted me to do my best. I have to give them credit because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today.