Three Traits of a Great Teacher

By Dave Stuart Jr.

Apparently this is Paul Graham week, colleague. Last time, we looked at a pop-up debate about the value of writing, using a Graham essay as catalyst for the arguments.

Today, I want to give you a chance to reflect on what Graham argues makes a good teacher. This isn’t a question he gets asked often — it’s on his Rarely Asked Questions page, and he’s more of a hacker/painter/investor/thinker than he is a teacher — but I think his answers connect well with the five key beliefs way of thinking and doing things about student motivation.

“The best teachers I remember from school,” Graham begins, “had three things in common.” As we briefly examine each, make special note of Graham’s explanations. Those are where he offers special insight.