What’s the difference between a good teacher and bad teacher? [Part 1]
“Good teachers are costly. But bad teachers cost more.” – Bob Talbert
A teacher’s role transcends educating textbook materials but also involves shaping the lives and to inspire independent thoughts from the learners. It’s easy to be trained and take on a teaching career but there is a very fine line between becoming a “good” and “bad” teacher.
Here are the first 16 examples of what makes a good teacher different from a bad one:
A good teacher knows how to teach complex subjects easily.
A bad teacher will make simple knowledge complex to understand.
A good teacher knows how to simplify difficult topics.
A bad teacher will teach simple topics in a complex manner.
A good teacher will guide the students step by step.
A bad teacher will always want to take the lead.
A good teacher will keep the students busy learning.
A bad teacher will be busy on his/her own, without engaging the students.
A good teacher will wish to hear the students’ independent opinions and thoughts.
A bad teacher is afraid of students who have different answers from the expected one.
A good teacher is not afraid of students making mistakes.
A bad teacher is afraid of students making mistakes.
A good teacher loves to ask students: “Share with me your thought process.”.
A bad teacher will always ask: “Who is going to answer this question?”.
A good teacher will encourage students to read, explore and think independently.
A bad teacher will always provide answers to the students.
A good teacher will always focus on the students.
A bad teacher will only focus on the teaching materials.
A good teacher will always fork out time for the students.
A bad teacher likes to talk about themselves.
A good teacher will be open to students asking difficult questions.
A bad teacher is someone who is afraid of tackling difficult questions from students.
A good teacher will focus on the way students think and grasp concepts.
A bad teacher is only focused on whether students understand the concepts.
A good teacher respects and appreciates the knowledge all students have.
A bad teacher always thinks that students are ignorant.
A good teacher emphasizes on the values of solving a problem.
A bad teacher pursues quick answers from students.
A good teacher will regard post-lesson reflections as a continuation of the class.
A bad teacher will regard the end of the lesson as an accomplishment.
A good teacher will guide students to express their own thoughts based on the textbook material.
A bad teacher will be content when students find answers from the textbook itself.
At XueLin, all our teachers undergo an intensive selection of interviews and are carefully selected based on the above criterias.
We value teachers that are dedicated to the holistic development of the students, imparting not only textbook knowledge but upright morals and habits as well. We believe that all students have the potential to excel in both academics and life, and it starts with the right teacher at XueLin.