Last week, I spent some time discussing NFL quarterbacks, great teachers and how they all relate to K-12 education. In a nut shell:
- having great teachers in the classroom has a huge impact on learning
- it’s very difficult to know which pre-service teachers will become great teachers
- having a rigorous evaluation process of actual instruction is key to finding the great teachers
- we need to be willing to boot out the poor teachers
As a result, there have been ongoing conversations about what a great teacher looks like. I shared Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion book as one model that we could use to measure “greatness.” Others had different ideas. During the week, I ran across a similar conversation happening over at Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension. Pernille Ripp asked her readers to finish the following sentence
Being a good teacher means . . .
Part of their conversation?
- Being willing to reflect, change, and improve – looking for the best opportunities for student learning
- Laughter, lots of laughter. Laughing with your students
- Recognizing you are a learner, as well as a teacher and getting your students to understand that learning is for life
- Listening more than you talk . . . Often kids have a better answer and you just have to hear it
- Being open to our students, letting them drive their own learning in the classroom
- Always feeling the lesson could’ve gone just a wee bit better
- You never stop learning and you always work to improve
- Being a learner. being humble. being empathetic. being flexible. being knowledgeable. being driven.
- Always doing what’s right by the kids
So . . . with a hat tip to Pernille, let’s change it just a bit. Complete the following sentence
Being a great teacher means . . .
Post your ideas in the comments and I’ll share them all out later. When you’re finished, head over here.