An ideal teacher should have many qualities. A student remembers such a teacher for long. The effect of his personality on students lasts long. An ideal teacher is the one who is loved and respected by every student. He must try to win the hearts of all students. He should try to establish a kind of relationship and bond between the hearts and minds of himself and the students.
An Ideal teacher should be a scholar. He must have the knowledge of the subject he teaches in the class. He should teach the subjects in a interesting way. He should be able to make the students really interested in their subject. An ideal teacher should express well, should have a good voice and must have love for teaching. The students should feel that their minds are growing under his teaching. An ideal teacher deals with the subject well. He makes his subject interesting too.
An ideal teacher is the one who makes his students think and enhances their creativity. He not only passes information to them but also develops love for learning. He activates the minds of his students. He teaches them how to think and grow logical power. He brings into play the hidden mental powers of students. He must be a man of ideas. He should explain things in a scholarly and interesting way.
An ideal teacher is ideal in all respects. He does not use words of learned lengths. He does not use difficult sentences. His language must be clear, easy and simple so that students may understand it. His teachings should be a tonic to the mind. An ideal teacher should be self respecting man. Thus his students also acquire self-respect and dignity from him.
An ideal teacher must be a man of culture. He should have a sense of duty and responsibility. He should be honest to himself, to his students and to his profession. Man making is the central function of an ideal teacher. He is an engineer of the soul. In other words, an ideal teacher is a student's friend, philosopher and guide.
Students do not like an unsympathetic and harsh teacher. They can judge the real worth of a teacher within no time. They can make sacrifice for their teacher, if he has created that much self confidence in them. They worship a teacher who always remain impartial and treats all his students alike. The worth of a teacher is not measures by the number of suits he owns, but by the amount of help which he renders to his students. If he is fearless, earnest and sincere in the discharge of his duties and is sympathetic towards his students, then he is bound to be an object of the devotion and admiration of students. A teacher who always finds faults with the work of his students in any task and schold them a lot is an object of fear for them. Such a teacher is respected by the students from outwards only, he is not respected by the students from the bottom of their hearts. He is only respected fakely for a time interval when he is in front of the students and that too is due to fear and not actual respect or gratitude. In their childish games and youthful vigour students do not like checks. If anyone is strict and does not allow them freedom, he becomes an object of their criticism. So, the question of the selection of an ideal teacher does not rise. He is enshrined in the hearts of his students.
I had the good fortune of studying in good school and colleges. All the teachers were admired by some and criticized by others. Those who were hard working and hard task masters were loved and respected by sincere students. Such students showered their praises on those who were lenient and did not cared if the students worked or not. An ideal teacher should have all the qualities in him, the evil ones to and the good ones too. A majority should be the good ones. He should only show his evil (not evil, rather harsh, since a teacher can't be an evil) side only when it is genuinely required. He should love his students and he should try his level best to develop all over personality of his students rather than just educational ones.