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Essential Qualities of a Great Science Teacher

Good Science Teachers Have These Great Qualities

Year after year, parents request the best K-12 science teachers for their children. These teachers know their subject matter and do all they can to ensure their students are learning the material so that when they graduate from high school, they will be career-ready, college-prepared and able to contribute to society. Other qualities of a good science teacher include being passionate about teaching effective, curriculum and standards-based science lessons, showing up for work early and helping their school excel.

6 Qualities of a Good Science Teacher

  1. Engages students at a high level
  2. Knows students’ learning styles
  3. Brings science lessons to life with real-world applications
  4. Understands student sensitivities and differences
  5. Is committed to continual professional improvement
  6. Adjusts science lesson plans based on students’ assessment evaluations

Professional Development Essential

Good science teachers make a commitment to keep their science education current by taking advantage of professional development opportunities. In addition to training provided onsite and offsite at the school, consider getting the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education graduate degree. The M.Ed. Science is a no-thesis, activity-based degree that adheres to national and Texas standards and is a great pathway for Ph.D. students. Highly effective science teachers will be just as committed to their own learning as to their students'. Understanding the latest instructional topics such as scientific misconceptions/alternative conceptions, logical-mathematical and scientific reasoning and motivation are among the benefits of the master's degree.

Leaders in the Classroom and the School

Contributing to their school's high-quality, standards-based science curriculum and being active in the larger science education discipline are other qualities of a good science teacher. Science education is broader than the classroom and a good science teacher works to ensure colleagues are current about the latest systemic teaching methods. By helping the school as a whole to be successful, a good science teacher is strengthening America's economy and competitiveness, one science lesson at a time.

Learn more about the UTA online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction — Science Education program.


Mary Grove College: Essential Qualities of a Highly Effective Science Teacher

National Association of Biology Teachers: Characteristics of Exemplary Life Science Teaching

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