Traits of a quality teacherWednesday, November 16, 2011 By Deanna Traczek
Many students do not receive the proper learning environment they need. Some teachers only give the bare minimum of effort in their classroom. “A bad teacher is one that gives students assignments without explaining things well and is not patient with their students,” senior Lazaro Saldivar said. Students on campus have a good idea of whom to go to if they ever need help, and who not to go to when they need a subject further explained. Teachers that give students one-on-one help, make learning amusing and easy. They are there if a student ever needs to talk and they tend to be considered the better teachers, compared to the ones that blow off subject plans, show movies frequently, and fall short of their teaching potential. “Mr. Keller is an awesome teacher. He makes sure you are always on top of things in all of your classes; he is really encouraging,” senior Nancy Rocha said. When a student walks into each of their classrooms, they should be excited to learn. It should be a teachers’ responsibility to make learning the best experience possible. Though there is a boundary between a fun teacher that makes learning enjoyable, and a lazy teacher. “Teachers start to become lazy when they get too distracted with having fun with the students and no longer pay attention to the actual core work of the class,” Saldivar said. A students’ perspective on good teaching and a teacher’s perspective can vary dramatically, but usually they contain the same core concept. “I think a good teacher should first know the subject matter; knowledge of what they are teaching, and how to explain that subject to their students. Also a good teacher needs to care about the kids but have high standards in their classes,” math teacher Linda Steiner said.