The 27 Characteristics Of Highly Effective Teachers

There are a few things in this world that will help you be an effective teacher. There’s hard work, loving what you do, and an attention to detail. Those are just the broad strokes, though. In fact, there are many sub-categories that you should know about. What do I mean by this? Quite simply, there are some important characteristics of highly effective teachers that you should check out and brush up on during your vacation or even while still in the front of the class.

These fabulous tips are brief but powerful bits of wisdom from An Ethical Island. They’re boiled down into simple and easy-to-digest ideas designed to help inform classroom teachers on the go. That’s pretty much every teacher I know :)

These ideas are broad and simple but useful. For example, the ‘Plug-In’ tip could be taken as a call to get more active on social media and grow your PLN. Also, reach out to other teachers in your school or district and grab a coffee together. Plug into what they’re doing, thinking, and teaching.

Second, the idea of ‘Contact’ is critical as it serves as a reminder to always be mindful about staying in touch with the family of your students. Now that family may not be what you expect or have as much interest in the child’s education as you … but it’s always good to stay connected. Hey, that ‘connected’ idea is a lot like the ‘plug-in’ idea mentioned earlier! See how they all mix together?

What other tips would you have added to this list? Share your thoughts down below or mention @edudemic on Twitter and I’ll retweet you!

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  1. Mary Lund

    July 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Love your site.

  2. David Stevens

    September 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this article on effective teachers. I agree with this information and especially the one about incorporating music into lessons. There is really no need for education to be boring, and teachers that have a passion for what they teach can really make an impact.