With the first nine weeks of the school year coming to an end, I wondered what students and teachers at Avonworth High School thought about what makes a good teacher and what makes a good student, especially after two years of virtual disruptions due to COVID.

I asked a few students and a few teachers about their opinions on the topic. I received consistent answers.

I first interviewed about what makes a good teacher.

Freshman Cassidy Johncour, whose own father teaches math in the high school, expressed her ideas on what makes a good teacher by revealing “A good teacher is a teacher that helps students when they need it and they teach topics in depth. They help the students understand the topic.”

French teacher, Madame Hart, shows that she agrees by maintaining the same idea. “I think that a good teacher loves the subject that they teach and is masterful in their content, but knows how to break that knowledge down to explain it to their students. They are reasonable and fair. They included a variety of activities to make class fun and engaging. They are able to connect with their students.”

I also asked students and teachers their opinions on what makes a good student.

Freshman Claire Boughton acknowledged that “A good student is somebody that tries their hardest and manages their time well. They put effort into their work even if they don’t understand it.

9th Grade Social Studies, Mock Trial, and Public & International Relations teacher, Mrs. Maisner, concurred with the concept of what makes a good student. She believes “A good student is cooperative, kind, consistent, and able to overcome setbacks.”

Does this fit your view of students and teachers? Leave your feedback as a reply.


7 Replies to “Editorial: What Makes A Good Teacher And A Good Student In These Post-Pandemic Times”

  1. I agree, however, I think the most important attribute of a teacher is a passion for the subject they teach. I teacher that loves what they teach helps me learn better than a nice or easy teacher.

  2. I agree with a lot of the points that were made here. The best teachers that I’ve had are passionate about what they do and are able to get their students to feel that same enthusiasm. However, good students also take responsibility for their education.
    Great article!

  3. I agree that teachers should love what they teach and keep their content engaging. I also think that teachers should also be there for you academically after class, to show that they not only care about the subject they’re teaching but they care about the student succeeding.

  4. I agree with all the different opinions you gathered. For me, a good teacher is someone who not only cares about their students learning but also cares about them as a person.

  5. I agree with the article, I think that the teachers should love the subject they teach, and the students should do their best to work hard, and like Claire said, use their time well. I loved the article, very well written!

  6. I agree with all the reasons the students and teachers stated in this interview. I believe that a teacher should have a passion for what they are teaching, as well as good communication skills. I really enjoyed this well-written article and the interesting ideas!

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