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The quest to identify the ingredients, components, and qualities of effective instruction has been a long one. Starting in the 1930s, researchers sought to identify the common characteristics of good teachers. Since then, virtually everybody who might have an opinion has been asked, surveyed, or interviewed. Students have been asked at the beginning, middle, and end of their college careers. Alumni have been asked years after graduating. Colleagues within departments and across them have been asked, as have administrators, from local department heads to college presidents.

Despite this large database, researchers continue to explore this issue and, surprisingly, find new groups to ask and new ways to analyze the results. Even more amazing is how much overlap and consistency there is across these many studies, and the study we’re about to highlight here is no exception. The researchers studied a group of 35 faculty members who had received a Presidential Teaching Award at a public university in the Midwest. To be considered for the award, teachers had to write a 1,500-word essay describing their teaching philosophies and teaching goals. Using a qualitative methodology (hermeneutics), researchers analyzed these statements with the goal of identifying the factors that made these teachers successful. The researchers found four categories of comments characteristic of all these award-winning teachers.

1. Presence – “The term presence for this study is defined as a deeper level of awareness that allows thoughts, feelings, and actions to be known, developed, and harmonized within. Presence is also the essence of a relationship and of interpersonal communication.” (p. 13) Illustrating this particular category were comments in the essays indicating how important it is for teachers to get to know their students. “The classroom should not be a sea of faceless forms,” writes one teacher. (p. 13) Another frequent theme in this category related to the importance of caring for students. “By caring for my students, I mean that I am genuinely interested in my students’ learning and understanding the course material, and in making a significant contribution to the success of their careers.” (p. 14)

2. Promotion of learning – These teachers also wrote of the importance of student learning and their roles in promoting it. They held their students and themselves to high standards, seeing students’ work in their courses and programs as preparation for lifelong learning. They also wrote of the need for students to do more than just memorize material. “Mere possession of scientific knowledge without the ability to apply it is of limited value in nursing practice,” wrote one nurse educator. (p. 14) Equally important was their shared view that promoting learning goes beyond content acquisition. Education is also about personal development, and teachers have a role in promoting that kind of learning as well.

3. Teachers as learners – These exemplary teachers described themselves as learners, each making it a priority to keep their teaching current. “As teachers, we must continue to re-engineer our curriculum, experiment with new and different methods of delivering course content, and bring emerging technologies into our classrooms.” (p. 15) These teachers valued opportunities to revise course content, to teach new courses, and to work on degree-program curricula.

4. Enthusiasm – “Effective teaching presupposes a command of the material and facility in communicating it with clarity, grace, fairness, and humor. But most of all it supposes enthusiasm.” (p. 15) This enthusiasm starts with a love of the content, but it goes beyond that and includes a genuine love of teaching and a passion for students and their learning. “I am also concerned that my students develop a passion for learning that goes on well after the course has ended.” (p. 15)

In their conclusion, these researchers note that “there is no formula for successful teaching. Each professor is unique and has an individual educational philosophy and teaching goals.” (p. 16) Even so, good teachers share common commitments and characteristics—they do in this study and have done so in many others as well.

Reference: Rossett, J. and Fox, P. G. (2009). Factors related to successful teaching by outstanding professors: An interpretive study. Journal of Nursing Education, 48 (1), 11-16.

Excerpted from “Qualities of Successful Teaching.” The Teaching Professor, 24.1 (2010): 6.

Posted in Philosophy of Teaching
Tagged with become a better professor, Effective Teaching Strategies, effective university teaching, philosophy of teaching and learning, teacher effectiveness
  • SEREKI GORDON 6 days ago

    I LOVE EDUCATION BECAUSE THROUGH EDUCATION I SEE PLACES THAT ARE NOT SEEN BY OTHER PEOPLE.

  • Molly 7 days ago

    I really thought that this information was helpful. It helped me relize what I like in teachers.

  • arigumaho810@gmail.com 11 days ago

    wonderful

  • lourinah 13 days ago

    characteristics and requirements that make a good teacher

  • Tochilex 2 weeks ago

    A good teacher should also know how to pass information clearly.. Falls under good communication, but more to it..

  • Snehalatasamal11@gmail.com 3 weeks ago

    Very good

  • James 3 weeks ago

    what are characteristics of a teacher

  • Good 4 weeks ago

    Very good

  • shakti 4 weeks ago

    Teacher must have a ability to know students level of understanding

  • Fabie Maradiaga 4 weeks ago

    Well,I am so thankful for your special time you take to post this... blessings

  • Ashok Manani 5 weeks ago

    Very Nice Tips.............

  • mawra 5 weeks ago

    Help me a lot

  • senthil.s 6 weeks ago

    good

  • Munwar Ali BROHI From Larkan,pakistan 8 weeks ago

    Agreed..all mentioned qualities and characteristics are integral for a good teacher in this modern age.

  • ramya 2 months ago

    I like to speak in english.but there is a lot of fear and dont know how to expos

  • valery 2 months ago

    all these characteristics of good teacher are natunal or they can learn

  • asma 2 months ago

    in my opinion.. Teacher should be a good listener.. Because of in my country mostly teachers are not good listeners.. They not allowed their students to explain their problem :(

  • katy 2 months ago

    i love school

  • Mridul 3 months ago

    Some of my school teachers make me feel like a shit-head dumb-ass stupid child who's can do nothing although I always top in my institute in which the level of education is 2 grade higher. I hate those teachers who don't care about their students. They play with our feelings and emotions. Most of the students are cowards. They just keep depressing themselves and don't have enough courage to revolt against those unworthy teachers. All of those students feel bad but still they keep calm and keep depressing themselves. I still have done many things alone but that couldn't change that lady's evil mind. I'm feeling so helpless.

  • mikki 3 months ago

    Don't hate school because your teachers aren't willing to do their job!!! Find other teachers, even students. Your education is like a rose: if you tend to it, it will grow and blossom. But if you leave it alone, it will wither away and die.

  • hihih 3 months ago

    some teachers are big JERKS ! I HATE SCHOOL

  • salman baloch 3 months ago

    I think these tips can make us popular ,famous great ,knowledgeable and the best successful teacher. If one acts upon it.

  • Chaitra 3 months ago

    Thank you for giving this information. This helped me a lot.

  • T. Ballakai B. Kiatamba 3 months ago

    Thanks so much for the insightful teaching. How can a person who has been arrogant in approaching his/her students change without the students taking notice?

  • Juliana 3 months ago

    I have gotten the points. Thanks a lot

  • Anissa MOULAI HACENE 4 months ago

    Really thank you for the whole information

  • Debadarshi Behera 4 months ago

    "He is a best teacher."

    The above sentence is correct or not?

    We can use 'a' instead of 'the' in above sentence or not?

  • Ahimbisibwe stellah 5 months ago

    I would like to know if characteristics are the some to virtue of a good teacher. thank u.

  • Marka Shankar Narayana 6 months ago

    In Teacher, there are Seven Letters which are having great characters.

    T- Talent

    E- Educational Qualifications

    A - Analytical power

    C - Character

    H - Honesty

    E - Efficient

    R- Rationalist

    Then only, he is a best teacher

  • Njiga 6 months ago

    These are very useful to teachers at all levels

  • Adebiyi Jesuferanmi 6 months ago

    Very nice

  • ehsan 6 months ago

    Its good

  • @ ANIRUDHA BELE @ 6 months ago

    EXCELLENT

  • rasheed 7 months ago

    great job, well arranged and detailed

  • $achin Seth 8 months ago

    Great Job MR. Syed Hunbbel Meer

  • Asim 8 months ago

    Its a good essay...

  • Suryasri 9 months ago

    I like this

  • Chinedu Paul Agbai 9 months ago

    An effective teacher must not the character of abusing his student for any reason because what so eva u call your student is what his or mind is build on.

  • Nasiru Abdulmumini from argungu Nigeria 9 months ago

    Thanks a lot for sharing such as interesting hub:

  • Ayankojo Fatimoh 10 months ago

    i agree with you in saying that a good teacher is so kidness and what the teachers were doing is so greatfull i remeber one or two of my teacher they taugth us well and there explanatio is very clear so i want to be a good teacher in feature

  • NONOY GARCIA 11 months 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."

  • Charlotte 12 months ago

    Your Hubs are really good. i am a teacher

  • DEEKESHWAR PRASAD DOBHAL 14 months ago

    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

  • R.Selladuari MSc.BEd,Principal 14 months ago

    I like very much this articles

  • ali 14 months ago

    very good comment

  • Kymbat 14 months ago

    THANK U!!!

  • nicholus 23 months ago

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

  • pratibha shinde 2 years ago

    Very good and inspiring article n really worth reading it

  • a.gumede 3 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

  • Settie Shairah Metopher 3 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...

  • po 3 years ago

    Education is very important for every individual

  • m abdullah javed 3 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.

  • Deng Xiang 3 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. :)

  • Larry Rankin 3 years agofrom Oklahoma

    Good and practical advice for teachers. An excellent read.

  • kerlund74 4 years agofrom 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!

  • Hollie 4 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: http://mygradebooster.com/vancouver-tutors-princip...

  • bfilipek 4 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".

  • Rose 4 years ago

    Thanks

  • David LBenson 4 years ago

    Educational... I love this article

  • 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.

  • andili attoumane 5 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 teacher.so my own of point of vew is to thanfull all person have shared her or his knowledge .

    i hope to be interested with.

    enjoying!

  • ashraf farid 5 years ago

    as a teacher I'll try to maintain these.

  • Ait Aissa Mouloud 5 years ago

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

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years agofrom 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 :)

  • Sriparna 5 years agofrom 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!

  • iheartkafka 5 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.

  • Janine Huldie 5 years agofrom 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.

  • jb123.garan@gmail.com 5 years ago

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

  • anil chauhan 5 years ago

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

  • Amanullah 5 years ago

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

  • Amanullah 5 years ago

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

  • Honey 5 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! :)

  • Stefan Azzopardi 5 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.

  • Mohan Kumar 5 years agofrom 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!

  • Hussain from pakistan 5 years ago

    i really liked this hope you will continue to write

  • Princess Hearts 6 years ago

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

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom 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 :)

  • femmeflashpoint 6 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.

  • Sun-Girl 6 years agofrom Nigeria

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

  • alphagirl 6 years agofrom 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.

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom Karachi, Pakistan.

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

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom Karachi, Pakistan.

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

  • lhchan 6 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.

  • Linda Bilyeu 6 years agofrom 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!

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom Karachi, Pakistan.

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

  • Sueswan 6 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.

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom 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. :)

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom Karachi, Pakistan.

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

  • anglnwu 6 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.

  • gekeye 6 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.

  • Naima 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such an interesting hub:)

  • Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

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

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom Karachi, Pakistan.

    @doqli: My pleasure :)

  • doqli 6 years agofrom bangalore - India

    Thanks a lot for the Hub.

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom 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.

  • Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years agofrom 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.

  • ACSutliff 6 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.

  • Joyce Haragsim 6 years agofrom 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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