As a child did you ever say, “__(So-So)__ is a great teacher?” What made you make that statement? [fun!]
As an adult did you ever say, “__(So-So)__ is a great teacher?” What made you make that statement? [communicates openly, honestly, and frequently]
As a teacher did you ever say, “__(So-So)__ is a great teacher?” What made you make that statement? [reaches all students daily and reflects to ensure effectiveness]
I have said that statement in all three of the incidences listed above. Of course, my reasoning changed and became more factual based versus feeling based. Below I listed characteristics that make a great teacher and those of a “Teacher in Training.” Please know this is my opinion solely and is based on my own personal experiences and background.
I have been guilty of being a “Teaching in Training” for many reasons and on many occasions. I can for the first time say that I fully turned a leaf and have left my training hat behind. It is hard to let go and allow the students, lesson, or day guide you. But, in the end you are only as effective as your lowest learner. Taking time to reach students means you can’t follow the plan. Don’t get me wrong, a plan is a good thing to have. PLEASE PLAN!! But, be prepared for your day to go nothing like the plan And be okay with that!
I highly encourage you to make your own list. Please share!!
Are there similarities to mine? Where do we differ?