One would hope that all teachers would strive to be excellent and effective teachers. However, education is just like any other profession. There are those who work extremely hard at their craft getting better on a daily basis and there are those that are just simply there never striving to improve. These bad teachers contribute significantly to making all teachers look ineffective even though this type of teacher is in the minority. It is a frustrating reality in education, but there are bad teachers. There are bad teachers that honestly believe they are good teachers. These teachers either lack a significant skill to become effective or simply do not have a grasp on what being an effective teacher requires. There are other bad teachers that know exactly what they are and what they are doing. These teachers can typically be grouped into two categories. They are the veteran teachers that are burned out or the newbie that realized they did not want to be a teacher until it was too late. These teachers are not doing themselves, the profession or their students any favors by hanging on just to draw a pay check in any case.

Qualities of bad teachers

There are many different ways a teacher can be bad. Even an overall effective teacher may be ineffective in certain areas. A major part of a principal’s job is to identify which teachers are effective, which teachers need to improve, and which ones are ineffective and need to be dismissed. What qualities can deem a teacher ineffective or bad? There are many different things that can derail a teacher’s career. A lack of classroom management probably is the single biggest downfall of a bad teacher. This issue can be the demise of any teacher no matter what their intentions are. They will not be able to teach them effectively in case a teacher cannot control the students in their classroom. On day one by incorporating simple procedures and expectations and then following through on predetermined consequences when those procedures and expectations are compromised starts being a good classroom manager. Most states require teachers to pass a comprehensive series of assessments to obtain certification within a specific subject area. You would think that all teachers would be proficient enough to teach the subject area(s) they were hired to teach with this requirement. Unfortunately there are some teachers that do not know the content knowledge well enough to teach it. This is an area that could be overcome through preparation. All teachers should thoroughly go through any lesson before they teach it to make sure they understand what they are going to be teaching. Teachers will lose credibility with their students extremely fast if they do not know what they are teaching, thus making them ineffective. There are some teachers that are not motivated to be effective teachers. They spend the minimum amount of time necessary to do their job never arriving early or staying late. These teachers are just there.