Dennis Roeder: What Makes a Great Teacher?

While he’s still a young man who’s just started his teaching career, Dennis Roeder has often been enamored by what it takes to be a great teacher. It’s a question he finds fascinating because there is no easy recipe for teaching success, plus, different professionals use different styles.

However, Roeder has taken it upon himself to do some research on the subject, and here’s what he has come up with.

They know their subjects

Knowledge of a subject is one of the key things that a great teacher will encompass. It might seem obvious, but some teachers lack an in-depth understanding of their subject. Where this is the case, the teacher is less likely to have a significant impact on his/her students.

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They are careful with praise

While offering praise is a popular way for teachers to motivate students, it can also be harmful when employed in the wrong way. Praise can be interpreted in different ways, as sympathy for a failing student can be seen as either a way to encourage the child or pampering.

They provide quality

The quality of teaching provided by an instructor has a significant impact on students’ achievement, especially students who come from poorer backgrounds. Quality assessment and questioning are at the core of excellent teaching. It also involves giving children enough time to learn new skills and participate in finding solutions.

Dennis Roeder is an elementary math teacher who studied at the University of Sydney.