Friday, July 20, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Being A Good Teacher Edition

Heart of a Teacher post points to a Edutopia post about a Carlston Family Foundation report about what makes a good teacher.
Tim Allen, Director of the Carlston Family Foundation, interviewed hundreds of students who listed the qualities that make their favorite teacher stand out from the rest of the faculty. Here are nine of the key qualities/strategies that outstanding teachers share.
1. They show a deep passion for teaching; they love their subject matter and know it thoroughly.
2. They hold high expectations that are fair, reasonable, consistent and clear.
3. They are scholarly and love learning themselves.
4. They hold all students equally accountable and responsible for learning and for their behavior.
5. They plan every minute of class time; there is never a wasted moment.
6. They will never leave students behind and will allow other students to help those who have difficulty.
7. They make the subject matter relevant to the lives of students and their immediate experience.
8. They have respect for students, are insightful about them on a day-to-day basis, and are non-judgmental.
9.They are authentic, real and appropriately autobiographical.
A few quick comments, test prep doesn't seem to be on the list. Also, "making the subject matter relevant to the lives of students" and test prep are mutually exclusive activities. Finally, the planning point seems to leave out the need to adapt. If students aren't getting it, the plans have to go out the window.

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