We are stressing good, high quality instruction this year, and last week we had an early release day so we could have staff development in an effort for teachers to get together and work to improve their teaching practice. Earlier in the week, I posted a question to my teachers asking them for their opinions as to what makes a great teacher. Here are some their comments:
I’m not quite sure what constitutes great teaching, but I know what isn’t. Doing worksheets and book work does not make a teacher. I feel a great teacher looks for ways to excite the students by using whatever it takes to get their attention.
GREAT teaching comes from teachers who aren’t scared or apprehensive about LEARNING themselves. Teachers must be students as well. Period. The end.
I think it’s more than the content of the subject. Its how the teacher has the ability to connect with a student on an individual level. They are the ones that students remember 30 years down the road.
I think great teaching requires wisdom and caring. It also benefits greatly from experience and involves a willingness to change as necessary to help students to learn.
When your students “get” the concept–whatever it takes for them to accomplish that is great teaching.
I think that great teaching starts with caring about your students, regardless of any behavioral or emotional baggage that a student brings with them. Before a teacher can accomplish great teaching, they must first love their job and strive to grow every day.
Great teaching involves not making excuses for the reasons your classes aren’t “getting it”, rather than making excuses, I think that great teachers adapt to their situation and find different ways to teach.
Great teaching happens when the lessons are relevant – students can make a connection between what is being taught and how they can use the information ” in real life”.
Great teaching happens when the teacher is knowledgeable and prepared, is in the Power Zone, and is positive toward students.
When the needs of all learning styles are considered and incorporated into the lesson with variety throughout the lesson to keep interest, motivation, and challenge for all students at an appropriate level.
It’d be a lot easier to answer this question in terms of what great teaching is NOT!!