# A good teacher…

By Murray Bourne, 13 Dec 2005

According to Yr 8 students in Britain, a good teacher...

 is kind is generous listens to you encourages you has faith in you keeps confidences likes teaching students likes teaching their subject takes time to explain things helps you when you're stuck tells you how you are doing allows you to have your say doesn't give up on you cares for your opinion makes you feel clever treats people equally stands up for you makes allowances tells the truth is forgiving

(McBer report, 2000)

For some teachers, these characteristics come naturally. For other teachers, there is little interest in what the students think.

Interesting to reflect on...

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