During my first session as a teacher educator I always ask my students to think back to a really good teacher from the time they themselves were pupils or students. Then, I ask them to name an essential characteristic of this ideal teacher. Usually, the majority of my trainee teachers come up with personal characteristics such as humour, flexibility, trust, integrity, commitment, positive attitude.

Isn’t it interesting that such qualities are hardly ever discussed in the literature on teaching and teacher education? Shouldn’t we show the importance of our own identities as teachers and how they are related to our actual professional behaviour?

Please share your thoughts with us.


“ Consciously, we teach what we know; unconsciously, we teach who we are.” Hamacheck (1999, p.209)