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Teaching is one of the most important jobs out there. Educating the next generation is a complex career that requires a lot out of educators. There are many characteristics teachers should have; loving kids is a good example. But what makes a great teacher? Here are a few important traits that all great teachers possess:
·       Above all, a great teacher is passionate about what they do and still has a love of learning. As a person that helps others learn, it is important to love learning yourself. A person truly never stops learning and you know that better than anyone else. Continuing your education, whether at home, online or in school, will only help you to become a stronger teacher. You will also find your students teach you things from time to time. Be open to those moments and embrace them.
·       Have high but realistic expectations for all your students. Different students will learn different ways and at different paces. It is important to have high expectations for everyone in your classroom. A great teacher believes in all their students and constantly encourages everyone, especially any students that might be struggling.
·       Staying prepared and organized is not only a good idea, it is the mark of a great teacher. With homework, important documents, and lesson plans to create and keep track of, it is hard to keep everything organized. This goes for inside the classroom as well as outside of it. You will never have to worry about misplacing things or falling behind on duties you need to perform if you take the time to prepare ahead and stay organized. Staying organized inside and out of the classroom will not only help you, but your students as well.
·       Communication is key. Communicating with students is a big part of what you do on a daily basis, but it is also important to communicate with parents. Whether you are concerned about one of your students or reaching out for another reason. Whatever the case, your student’s parents will appreciate being kept up to date on their child.  
There are many more characteristics for a great teacher. Great teachers are patient and always have a great attitude. They form strong bonds with their students. A great teacher also knows there is always room for improvement. Things are constantly changing in the education community and they strive to be the best teachers they can possibly be every day. 

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