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The Value of a Good Teacher

Nobody forgets the good teachers they have had. But does being taught by a good teacher give students lasting benefits? What qualities do students identify when they consider who their good teachers are? – Seeking Good Teachers

The benefits of having a good teacher go far beyond the year or more that students spend with that teacher. In fact, having a truly excellent teacher actually leads, according to some research, to an increase in earnings later in life. Plus, good teachers have students who are more likely to attend college — even more highly ranked schools. Having a good teacher is also linked to learning more and receiving higher test scores in school.

When asked about good teachers in their schools, students identified those with certain qualities. Believe it or not, the most mentioned quality was classroom management skills.

Apparently, students want teachers who can keep order. Teachers who maintain a classroom of calm enable students to learn more effectively. Other qualities that students listed were: enthusiasm for their subject, a good sense of humor, fairness, high standards, and an ability to explain material clearly.         

Incidentally, most researchers believe students do accurately identify the good teachers. They are usually stand outs.

 

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