Become a teacher • 2 Min read

17th September 2019

What are the qualities of a good teacher?

If someone asked you to think of a great teacher from your childhood, the chances are that one would immediately spring to mind. We all remember great teachers from our school years – but what made them so great? Let’s take a look at some of the qualities that make a good teacher.

What qualities make a good teacher?

Deep knowledge and passion for the subject matter

When a teacher is passionate about their subject, it’s more liklely that their pupils will be too. Passion is contagious! Likewise, if you’re bored by your own lessons, it’s unlikely that your pupils will find it stimulating.

Friendliness and approachability

Pupils are more likely to develop an “us and them” mentality versus their teacher if they don’t like the person teaching them. Additionally, being approachable means your pupils will feel more confident coming to you with problems about their work or their lives, making it much easier for you to do your job.

Lead and take control

It’s great to be friendly and approachable, but when you don’t pair those traits with a calm dominance, you will find it difficult to control your classroom. A good teacher makes good use of their behaviour management skills to ensure pupils remain well-behaved in lessons.

Excellent preparation and organisational skills

All those lessons need a lot of planning, and it’s good to have a few “emergency response” lessons or activities squirreled away in your brain for when something goes wrong. It’s always better to have a Plan B and not need it than need a Plan B and not have one!


No matter how great a teacher is, they can only continue improve if they strive to see the areas in which they can progress. Teachers who do not practice self-reflection will stagnate, and possibly fall behind.

What now?

If you’d like to improve on the qualities that make you a great teacher, you can attend some of the free CPD sessions held for Engage teachers, which focus on lesson planning, behaviour management, and plenty of other useful topics. If you’d like to become an Engage teacher, or start your teaching adventure in England, get in touch and find out how we can help you.

Return to teaching in Europe

When you register with Engage, we’ll work with you to ensure your teaching route to the UK gives you all the necessary experience and qualifications to meet your goals and ambitions – wherever they take you next!

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