What qualities make a good high school teacher?

And don't tell me "no homework." I teach freshman and sophmores. What makes a good teacher?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    im in high school now and dis is wat i look for in a teecher

    she/he has to be patient

    open

    sense of humor

    and to balance work wit group projects

    and dont let students disrespect u

    and be equal to all of dem i hate wen teachers favor 1 kid more than the next

    always have ur hand extended to help sumbody

    and dont think u r better then them even dough u r...

    but enywayz yah i hate wen teachers think dey r supirior welll...

    dats about it

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  • 1 decade ago

    I have taught high school for 8 years. Here are some of the things that I have "learned" in order to be a successful high school teacher:

    1. Learn the boundary between being their friend and being their teacher. It's okay to talk about the things that they are interested in (music, movies, sports) and to take an interest in what they are doing (in fact, I encourage that!). At the same time, you need to be able to draw the line so that when the time comes that you need to discipline a student or a class, they will listen and respect you.

    2. Become involved in the school. There are so many ways in high school to get to know the students outside of the classroom. Sponsor a club or an activity, go to the sporting events/plays/concerts, attend as much as you can. I sponsored prom, the senior class, freshman basketball - and it really helped me to get involved with the school and get to know the kids outside of the classroom.

    3. Be yourself. Use humor in the classroom, don't be afraid to admit your mistakes and ask the kids for feedback (positive and negative). You'd be amazed at how honest they will be.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    You can look at it this way. If you think you're going to get a crappy education, and in the end it will affect how well you do in college, do you think a relationship is worth it? Or, are you going to be with this person for a long time? Do you think you'll be able to provide for them when your education is lousy and you can be affected by the high school you choose? Either way, I say go to the better school. If you love this person and they love you, it will work out. It's not like you two will have every class together and are going to be attached to the hip.

  • 1 decade ago

    Patience, fairness, confidence in your rules and being able to apply them. Also, don't try to become your students' friends, you're still a teacher. Respect them, listen to them, be open to new ideas but stand your ground.

    I'm a high school teacher too, and this always makes me feel nervous. I'd say be true to yourself, and do your best. Some students will love you, some won't care one way or the other, and others will dislike you, maybe even hate you. It's not personal, they're teenagers.

    And DO give homework! I don't care what my students say, I always give homework, except on some special occasions.

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  • 1 decade ago

    1. You should be trained to teach the subject(s) you are teaching. (I.e., Years ago, I had a drama major teaching my English III class and he had no clue what he was doing.)

    2. Try to find interesting ways of engaging the students in the subject at hand. It doesn't always have to come from a text.

    3. Treat every last one of the students equally--even if you don't like them. This will have a huge impact (I'm talking about a lifetime here) on how they learn and how they react...how they feel about you and how they feel about themselves.

    4. Don't tell kids they don't apply themselves, even if it's true. It's an over-used phrase, falls on deaf ears, and there's bound to be other phrases or terminology which will get the point across.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    First of all, you have to establish your classroom policies and procedures and practice them. That sets up an atmosphere where you CAN teach instead of manage behavior. You need enthusiasm for the subject matter but also for the students themselves. You don't have to be a best friend to your students to let them know they are important to you and you care about them. A good teacher creates an environment where students feel comfortable as well as challenged. Good teachers have high expectations for themselves and their students. Good teachers prepare students for the world after high school.

    Source(s): 14 years experience
  • 1 decade ago

    A connection to the kids. You will find that good teachers do most of it by instinct. Interestingly enough Mr. Nogrammer from the answers that wan't best answer credit hit the nail pretty close to the head. YOu have to care and be patient, know your material, be firm, consistent and always there.

  • 1 decade ago

    You have to be excited about your subject. You should make the class fun. Mix up the homework, don't always give the same kind of work.

    You have to get the students excited about the subject so that they won't realize they are learning.

  • 1 decade ago

    The ability to relate to your students. Don't act like they are ignorant little children when they don't know the answer to something (I know a pre-cal teacher who has a tendency to do this). Also, treat them as adults if you want them to act like it. Be their friend, but be an authority figure also (thats a hard thing to balance). You have to earn their respect before you'll get any.

    Source(s): Senior in High School
  • 1 decade ago

    Im in high school, the best teahcers I've had were confident, didn't let students dis respect them, tough - but fair, motivational, made the class interesting and didnt talk to us like we were stupid

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