The first thing that came to mind on what makes a teacher great is when he/she tries to work individual student needs into the daily lectures. Some (many) kids don't learn well just sitting at a desk and listening to an educator drone on and on, so I guess I'm thinking a teacher who "jigs things up" is what I consider great. This teacher would vary the lesson approach each day, perhaps getting outside with the students for a "hands on" lesson, and the next day perhaps showing a relevant movie... in other words, keep the students interested in learning.
I believe what makes a teacher great is when they actually listen and help their students. Takes the time to each child individually and not say mean things to them if they have problems or they can't do something. That's a Great Teacher to me...
I think a few keywords sum up a great teacher....
PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING, KINDNESS, FLEXIBILITY, DIVERSITY
For three years I taught Pre-K...loved it! Besides being a writer, teaching (8 am - 11 am) five days a week, definitely was my next favorite thing to do. Being a great teacher is one who can take a child who does not know how to do something expected, in my case as a Pre-K teacher, not knowing their ABCs, Colors, Shapes, or how to write their name, and by years end, having the children know all they are supposed to. Being a great teacher is being one that is understanding and patient. Each child I taught had their own personalities, and educational ability. Some would be able to fly through things they needed to learn for their age, and others did not. A great teacher is knowing that difference--then helping the student to your best ability, achieve the desired goal.
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