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A teacher cannot be perfect by definition. There is a quote from the Bible below, sorry to refer to it but these words just exactly describe what teaching is. It is a generous job, but inevitably a sin.

The Letter from Jacob, Chapter 3

{3:1} Let not many of you be teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive heavier judgment.
{3:2} For in many things we all stumble. If anyone doesn't stumble in word, the same is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body also.
{3:5} So the tongue is also a little member, and boasts great things. See how a small fire can spread to a large forest!
{3:6} And the tongue is a fire. The world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature
{3:8} ... nobody can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
{3:9} With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God.
{3:11} Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water?
{3:12} Can a fig tree, my brothers, yield olives, or a vine figs?

Any teacher can be blamed for his mistakes cause great but initially invisible effect.
I agree that there's no perfect teacher. Also no perfect books.
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I like accurate explanations with imaginative and humorous examples so that we don't have to put any effort in remembering.

A good teacher transmits his/her passion for the subject, , if, it is not a job, just the schedule is a burden, the period of the class is an exciting exchange, a rewarding time.

The preparation, the planning and the talks with the parents belong to another category. In case of adults students, the talks with the parents are replaced by the efforts to assure their self-confidence, another category too. The class itself can be absorbing, fascinating.

According to me, if a teacher teaches everything that he or she is sure about it, and if he force the students to study and do everything that the best for the students and if he or she is an understanding person, and... and ... and.... etc. If I have to say the truth I had a teacher like that 2 years ago. But only worst thing that belongs to him was "swearing". He thought us the English perfectly but at the begin, we couldnt understand what he told. Than we started to use dictionaries. And understood that he was swearing at us.
As you see, there is no perfect Teacher. But we can say there are teachers that we suppose the perfect...
The perfect teacher is the one who doesn't think himself perfect.
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Ugh, everything here is not too much constructive. Ok, Pieter, that's my real oppinion.

One professor of mine, whom I consider a very good teacher, is special for one reason: he speaks rather slowly, but he says nothing unnessessary, and that's why you perfecty understand what he is saying and in a short time you get a lot of useful information. It even makes you think you are some kind of intelligentEmotion: smile. Really, this skill -- speaking slowly, constructively and absolutely comprehensibly -- is worth all the long preparation to every lecture/lesson and it takes a lot of experience, I guess. Anyway, a person needs to be gifted to be able to speak like the professor I'm talking about.

But, I guess, in teaching languages this skill is not as important as in teaching exact sciences. A foreign language teacher must become a friend to his student, in order to instigate easy communication - that's in a way a contradictory quality to the one I mentioned above.

Combining these two virtues: thought-out speech and easy communication - makes, if not perfect, a great language teacher.
I agree. A mixture between a scholar, actor, army officer, gardener . And a poet.Emotion: smileEmotion: smileEmotion: smile
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