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The traits of effective teaching (and teachers)

What does the research say about the traits and talents that make for an effective teacher and effective teaching? John Dabell takes a look

Everyone seems to know a “good” teacher. They normally stand out a mile because they go the extra mile. They seem to have that magic touch, charismatic DNA and bucket-loads of “je ne sais quoi”. They seem to build pupil relationships and rapport easily – the “T factor” according to Adam Lopez (2011). These teachers are dramatically more multi-dimensional and effective than their colleagues.

Children, parents and staff all know what a good one looks like and anecdotally they can produce their own A to Z of traits, quirks and qualities that make the difference. I have previously written that there must be at least 365 things that good teachers do well (Dabell, 2018)!

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