Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: 5 Most Adorable Ones

“If you don’t have an effective teacher in front of the classroom, you won’t change the trajectory for students.”  – Melinda Gates

I’d like to share my piece about the question: What are the most adorable traits of highly effective teachers?  I find this really interesting since great teachers are few and far between.

Great teachers are highly effective. Certainly, they belong to the level of some educators who are worthy of praise and recognition because they have the most adorable traits of highly effective teachers. Their great examples are simply amazing.

Highly-effective teachers inspire long-term success.

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Highly effective teachers bring out the best in students not just through their skills but also the real warmth they have for them. Their effectiveness can be seen in their products – the learners.

They are the educators who have gained appreciation from their students for making a difference in their lives. They are not just mere dispensers of knowledge but are incredible sources of inspiration. They give warmth which makes students remember them for all their lives.

They say that great teachers are conscientious and they are very rare.  Their dedication inspires change. For one thing, I’m deeply honored to talk about them today.

Following their good deeds and being inspired by their adorable traits make me more of an instrument for change and progress. Highly effective teachers get me reminded of my mission as a teacher in all situations in the classroom and in the school.

To highlight the exemplary examples of phenomenal educators in the world, I have written about them in one of my recent posts. Hopefully, you have read the article for it’s such a gem for us educators.  It’s really worth reading about them.

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Traits of Highly-Effective Teachers: 5 Most Adorable Ones

1. Passionate

What is a passionate teacher?

Is it the teacher who has the mastery of the subject matter but fails to establish a real connection with the learners? For me, it’s a no.

A passionate teacher should manifest genuine care for the learners. But it doesn’t mean feeding students with all they need and not allowing them to explore and discover their potential.

Undoubtedly, a passionate teacher is never afraid to try new strategies just to reach out to the learners. He is the one who is deeply involved in the promotion of learning and in giving children the best education they deserve. It’s called going the extra mile to effect positive changes in the students and in society.

Highly effective teachers really want to share their joys of learning with their students by making changes in their ordinary lives. These are the teachers who are most wanted in schools because of their extraordinary classroom management style.

They simply understand their roles in the life and education of the child.

Highly effective teachers teach students how to grow their own gardens for them to harvest in the future. To them, young people should not be tolerated to just pick up fruits and enjoy them momentarily. In other words, highly effective teachers are passionate about imparting students varied life skills so they become independent individuals.

According to the language of Confucious, “Teachers open the door…you enter by yourself.”  To me, this is one of the best qualities of highly effective teachers. Most students appreciate much the extraordinary efforts of teachers to bring out the best in them by making them independent learners.

2. Patient

Highly effective teachers have patience and tolerance. Essentially, they know the perfect timing for things. As the old adage shares, “Patience is a virtue.”

In my years in the field of education, I have encountered different attitudes of teachers towards misbehaving students, failed expectations, and other challenging situations in the place of learning. Some are skillful in handling situations that really test their patience while others are very abrupt in their decisions.

If a teacher is patient, he or she is studying for the best actions that will always lead to the right track to make the most effective decisions.

The everyday situation in the classroom is never the same. Some days can be stressful and challenging. Therefore, the teacher, as manager of the classroom, should know how to control himself or herself to arrive at the needed solutions.

If the students’ performance is low, a teacher who has a positive disposition never gets discouraged but even gets more optimistic that the students can do better. This teacher is willing to go above and beyond for quality student learning.

If the students seem to get confused about a certain concept, a highly effective teacher never runs out of the most appropriate strategies to make the lesson easier for the students to understand.  Even though this happens over and over again, a teacher who is very patient never gets tired of making students learn at their best.

A highly effective teacher perseveres.

3. Reflective

To me, a teacher should reflect on what transpired in the classroom on a daily basis. What went wrong and what went right? If you really love teaching then it’s easy for you to reflect on your ways and try new other things to make your students succeed.

Highly effective teachers always take time to hone and improve their skills through reflective teaching.

Being in the education arena for years now, I can say that teachers should reflect from time to time. It’s not only the awesome quality of parents but also that of highly effective teachers.

Taking some time to think of what’s going on in the classroom and why things are happening can help you decide the best actions to take. It’s a routine of a skilled teacher.

As John Dewey puts it, “We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.”

Teacher reflection extends the span of our understanding of various learning situations.  Doing so can help you design new concepts and learn new insights that will make teaching and learning more productive. This quality can never make you less as an individual and as an educator.  In fact, this can enrich you with sound decisions and assessment of your teaching skills.

This reflective practice will also help you discover helpful concepts outside of your experience for self-improvement.  But, first of all, you should be willing to ask yourself ‘what do you do in the classroom?’ ‘is it effective?’ or ‘why do you do it?’. Most importantly, you should not be intimidated to ask, ‘Am I willing to change for the better?’

If you really want to secure your effectiveness as a teacher, be reflective. It helps.

4. Organized

For many school leaders, organized teachers could mean success to the entire school.  They know exactly what their priorities are and being systematic is embedded in their overall teaching styles.

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The prospect of many teachers keeping track of all of the things in the classroom is being sustained through heightened organizational skills.  The awesome habits of an organized teacher are really directed to long-term success. Their means of handling classroom disruptions, for example, can ensure a productive daily encounter.

Moreover, an organized teacher can help make his or her students equally organized too. It can begin from setting things on the table at their right place, arranging learning materials accordingly, and setting an effective layout plan for the classroom.

The daily routines can be designed perfectly through the efforts of organized teachers; hence, they are highly effective in performing their roles.

Despite the fact that teaching is a challenging profession, teachers who deeply value organization in every way can become successful in the field. They never resort to the expression, “come what may”. They don’t want to fall prey to last-minute actions and disorganized classrooms.

Being organized means being ready with what to transpire and putting things in their proper places in accordance with the most appropriate time. Although imperfections may arise from what’s already set up, an organized teacher always has something to do to continue the smooth flow of events.

Moreover, this quality of a highly effective teacher is contagious. This can also make students become organized by having their things in the proper places, doing their tasks conscientiously, and being mindful of the time and schedule. They learn the value of being punctual, high-quality work, and determined. In other words, students also benefit from this important life habit.

5. Optimistic

Another outstanding quality of a highly effective teacher is being optimistic. In addition to the reflective practices of great teachers, they are also willing to start over or develop or adapt to new schemes to promote high-quality student learning. These teachers always see the rainbow after the storm.

As they achieve accuracy in their work, they have the joy of sharing this quality with their students as well. Students can learn insightful habits from an optimistic teacher.

Teacher optimism has a positive impact on student learning. It’s a joyful act behind unexpected failures. If you manifest a positive attitude in the classroom, you can certainly improve students’ performance because you don’t give up. This is how optimism works.

The optimism you have in your first year in the teaching profession should never fade but should prosper instead. The kind of attitude you show to your students will affect their learning styles as well.

If you are confident that your students can learn, improve, and succeed, then you are optimistic. Being full of hope that you can make a big difference in your students’  lives, then you are a highly effective teacher.

To show that, you set high and clear expectations and achievable goals for your students. Trust in their capabilities and let them explore so they can do great things for themselves with your sincerest guidance.

A highly effective teacher is high-spirited and is full of hope.

Concluding Ideas

Aside from being prepared, a highly effective teacher begins the day with a cheerful heart no matter how life may be. The topmost adorable qualities mentioned above aren’t just about the teacher’s expertise in the subject matter but it’s about the human essence of being an educator.

Although highly effective teachers have their own set of ways on how to teach effectively, their common adorable traits signify commitment and dedication in the teaching profession.

Remember, the good qualities of great teachers reciprocate positive responses from the students. This is ultimately the reason why your students remember you being their teacher and being a big part of their lives.

Now, let me hear your sincerest thoughts. How do you make your students remember you? Aside from the delightful traits presented, what else can make a teacher highly effective?

Drop your thoughts below and let’s inspire one another.

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