My Five Favorite Characteristics of Exceptional Teachers

  1. They love their students…even those who are most unlovable.
  2. They spend time getting to know their students on a daily basis.  They know that relationships are the foundation for all real learning.
  3. They say “yes” more than they say “no”.  
  4. They are willing to take risks and encourage their students to, as well.
  5. They are constantly learning new things.  They don’t have to know how to do everything but are open to learning.