Last week I asked a question, and many of you--marvelous teachers all--responded. Here is the paragraph of my "wonder" repeated.
Yet, I wonder things, and this has nothing to do with the person with whom I'm now working, but it's a "generic" wonder. How does one teach another to teach? Don't we all have our specific and unique character as a teacher? Is this part of what makes a teacher good, figuring things out through doing, down "in the trenches"? What is one important thing that you believe helps you, and others, be good teachers? Of course, knowledge of content and procedure is a given. Yet there's more, both elusive and personal.
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important thing to do in front of students? Or is it?
Here is the top ten I shared last week, with the thought-filled additions from the comments in blue. The addition in dark red is from today.
- Love the kids.
- BE with them. Don't always worry about what's next, just enjoy what's happening NOW.
- If you can't tell your students what it is you're going to teach them, and then how will you (and they) know if they've learned it?
- Love the parents.
- Discover a passion to share with students, and share it with them often.
- Discover their passions, and let them share with you, and others.
- Feed them!
- Shut up and listen.
- Smile (laugh)-a lot.
- Make every decision with your students in mind!! Do what's best for them. Be authentic and share yourself with them.
- Honor the parents as their child's first teacher.
- Recognize that a learning disability does not define a student but add to his uniqueness.
- Make sure parents tell us as much as they can about their child.
- See their (the students') side. Remember their perspective.
- Be flexible. Go with the flow and adjust plans on the spot.
- Observe closely, to look for the unspoken messages that kids wish we would read.
- Learn together with them.
- Have a sense of wonder to your lessons.
- Be brave and take risks as you all learn together.
- Be the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.
- A hunger to keep learning (about teaching, about your content, about people, about life)!
- To be a good teacher you have to have your heart open to reach the kids, yet at the same time you have to learn ways to protect it. I also wonder whether some of what we understand now we were not ready to understand at the beginning of our teaching journey.
If you have more to add, please share in the comments! Thank you to everyone who added their ideas last week!