AOL published this survey.
The top things students say the best teachers do are:
- Know us personally, our interests and strengths
- Let us know who they are as individuals
- Smile at us
- Encourage us to participate in school activities
- Spend time beyond class time to help us be successful in their class
- Give us descriptive feedback on assignments
- Tell us why
- Share how what we learn is connected to real life
- Apologize when they make mistakes
- Give meaningful work
- Are energetic, enthusiastic and enjoy their job
I would have to agree.