Monday, August 09, 2010

What I Learned Today: What Makes a Great Teacher?

Here are some characteristics that students (I'm assuming middle school and high school?, but I think this would hold true with adults as well) say make a great teacher.  A great teacher:

  • Knows us personally, our interests and strengths
  • Lets us know who they are as individuals
  • Smiles at us
  • Encourages us to participate in school activities
  • Spends time beyond class time to help us be successful in their class
  • Gives us descriptive feedback on assignments
  • Tells us why
  • Shares how what we learn is connected to real life
  • Apologizes when they make mistakes
  • Gives meaningful work
  • Are energetic, enthusiastic and enjoy their job

Something to keep striving toward.

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