The ABC’s of a Good Teacher

by Helene J. Uchida

  1. Accept your students for who they are.
  2. Believe in their potential.
  3. Consider their circumstances.
  4. Dedicate your lessons to them.
  5. Empathize with your students as you wish more of your teachers had empathized with you.
  6. Focus on each activity and each student as if they were the most important things in your world.
  7. Guarantee your students that they will do well in your class if their try.
  8. Help everyone; let your students know that you are their biggest fan.
  9. Initiate positive interaction between yourself and the students and the students with each other.
  10. Make a joke once in a while.
  11. Kindle curiosity and interest about your subject matter.
  12. Learn from your students, their response to your lessons.
  13. Motivate your students to be the best they can become.
  14. Nourish the students with positive learning experiences in your classroom.
  15. Open your heart to the slow learners, the ones with a bad attitude, the unpopular ones.
  16. Practice what you preach.
  17. Question yourself from time to time.
  18. Remember everyone’s name as quickly as you can.
  19. Set an example by the way you dress, teach, act and treat everyone.
  20. Treat everyone equally.
  21. Understand each child as best you can and remember that understanding is more important than being understood.
  22. Visualize their success.
  23. Work hard for what you believe in.
  24. Expect great things from each and every student.
  25. Yield to circumstances that are not under your control.
  26. Be zealous as much as you can. Teaching is a noble profession, and zeal should be at its core.