Wow guys, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting such a huge response for this topic. I was actually a little nervous to bring it up because I know it is something we all think about and something that probably hits close to home because the reality is that we are all probably good, great, and okay at different times, depending on a lot of factors.
Megan talked about effectiveness versus efficiency and thinks we need to be effective. I love how she mentioned she wants teachers to be themselves!
Jan dropped some Joseph Campbell on us and we are all better for it. I loved the clip, Jan, and couldn’t agree more:) I also really enjoyed how she pointed out that the kids are the real judges of the teachers that care and those that don’t.
Wendy highlighted parent communication and I have to admit Wendy that when I read this, it made me want to do what your daughter’s teacher did. I’ve always wanted to do a class newsletter that the kids write for the parents. It’s an idea I keep putting off because I have too many balls in the air. But you are inspiring me and I really want to do this!
Jessie K has an awesome list. She describes a teacher who got her to go above and beyond. So cool:) I also agree with her that great teachers take an interest in their kids as people. It makes me think of the old saying when somebody asks you what you teach. Do you answer: “I teach science” or do you answer “I teach kids?”
Karen puts it so well: “A great teacher creates a hunger in them to learn more and deeper about the subject.” I also really enjoyed how she talked about great teachers loving their jobs, creating lifelong learners, and being willing to learn with their students.
Sandra posted a pg version of the Taylor Mali video. Thank you Sandra! She also posted this about the great teachers she remembers…which I personally think is amazing so I have to include the whole thing.
“They pushed me and my classmates to do our very best, regardless of the size and scope of the assignment. I still remember their names and carry their special lessons with me to this day. I use them as models for my own teaching methods. They were passionate, knowledgeable, kind-hearted, and clearly dedicated to their craft. I know that these traits are not quantifiable; you can’t measure them or test for them. But I know that students and parents can tell without fail which teachers truly care about educational excellence and those who don’t.”
Scott and Allison bring up an awesome point, that “teachers are people too.” They point out that our personal lives impact our teaching. Scott, I just want to extend my sympathies to you and your school over the tragedies you’ve endured. I’m sure your kids appreciated that you handled the issue head on and did not pretend like it didn’t happen. The kids definitely look to us in these crises and we have to help them whenever we can. Allison, I think you are right that we need to look at our teaching over and over again to keep getting better.
I want to say how much I appreciate all of you providing thoughtful and interesting comments on my post. I enjoyed the experience of learning with and from all of you very much 🙂