- Expert communication skills
- Superior listening skills
- Deep knowledge and passion for their subject matter
- The ability to build caring relationships with students
- Friendliness and approachability
- Excellent preparation and organization skills
- Strong work ethic
- Community-building skills
- High expectations for all
In addition to being good communicators, good teachers also happen to be excellent listeners. As the Turkish proverb says,”If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.” Of course, effective communication only happens when at least two parties are actively involved in the process together, and the only way to know if communication is heard is by asking (and listening to the answer).
So in an ideal learning environment, teachers ask important questions and then actively, carefully, empathetically listen to what learners have to say. When good teachers develop this patient quality in themselves, they start to become great. Great teachers listen hard and then use what they hear to improve the communication.