Top 5 (Plus 14) Character Traits Of Superior Teachers Reader Appreciation by Joel Wagner - November 29, 2007July 28, 201610 In November of 2007, I hadÂ Reader Apprection Month where I interviewed some of my readers, most of whom were fellow bloggers. Through the course of that month, I picked up a number of responses to the question “What Makes A Superior Teacher?” This article aggregates them and looks at the top answers. I’d guess if you’re doing the top 5, you are well on your way to being great. As we come to the conclusion of Reader Appreciation Month, I want to summarize some of the things that we have learned. Today, I’ll focus on some of the character traits of people who were indicated by my readers as their favorite teachers. Some of the character traits were mentioned by multiple people. We’ll call these the Top 5 (Plus 14) Character Traits Of Superior Teachers. If you want to be a great teacher, these are the things you should begin to develop first. Top 5 Character Traits of Great Teachers Inspired me and never let me settle for anything less than my best (10) Compassionate, caring, made me feel important and welcomed, made a personal connection with me (7) Were demanding, pushed me hard (4) Had a great sense of humor (3) Knowledge of the subject matter (3) Other specifics Wasn’t afraid of what other people thought (2) Passion for the subject matter (2) Challenged me to think beyond just the answer in the textbook (2) Listened to my ideas Taught me new things A terrific fund raiser Kept things interesting They were interactive Added personal elements to the classroom Organized Wasn’t fake or shallow with comments to students Discipline Confidence They were problem solvers, rather than simply problem identifiers Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.