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The Characteristics Of A Good Teacher

Three Categories:
Pedagogical Knowledge and

Personal Attributes Professional Attributes

Pedagogical Knowledge and Competency

Knowledge of key concepts. Knowledge of governing curriculum. The teaching of relevant and engaging content. Knowledge of available resources and

Awareness of different learning styles. Awareness of different pedagogical strategies.

Pedagogical Knowledge and Competency (Continued)

Encouragement of self-directed learning.
Flexible and diverse teaching practice.

Building student security and confidence.

Challenge student abilities.

Clear communication of tasks, goals and


Application of effective classroom management


Personal Attributes
Modelling student respect.

Empathic understanding.
Nurturing. Passionate about learning. Personally committed to teaching as a vocation. Fair and non-authoritarian.

Personal Attributes


Personal authenticity.
Effective interpersonal skills.

Advanced communication skills.

Confident teacher presence. Self-insight and self-control.

Professional Attributes
Reflective practice.
Time management skills.

Evidence based self-correction.

Seeks feedback and constructive criticism. Ongoing development of current pedagogical thinking.

Professional Attributes


Participation and collaboration with school and wider

Effective stress management. Appropriate modelling. Responsible behaviour (legal, ethical etc). Appropriate personal presentation.

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