"A great teacher is one who has a classroom that's safe, and is full of
comfortable remarks for the students and parents. All expectations are
clearly written, strategies are used to engage the students to work at
their ultimate abilities and beyond. College is the goal of the students,
whether achieved through academia, trade, and career. The teacher must
have the credentials of being highly qualified, which consist of
education, experiences, and integrated with strong moral ethics. G. Ross
(Phoenix, AZ) "
"Good teachers know how to live with ambiguity.
One of the greatest challenges of teaching stems from the lack of
immediate, accurate feedback. The student who walks out of your classroom
tonight shaking his head and muttering under his breath about algebra may
burst into class tomorrow proclaiming his triumph over math, and thanking
you for the previous lesson. There is no way to predict precisely what the
long-term results of our work will be. But if we have a sense of purpose
informing our choice of strategies and materials, and we try to cultivate
expectations of success for all our students, we will be less likely to
dwell on that unpredictability, choosing instead to focus on what we can
control, and trusting that thoughtful preparation makes good outcomes more
likely than bad ones.
"wonderful information, by adopting the above qulities can present
qualitative future generation to the nation "
"does anyone know when this article was written? I'm doing an essay for
"The other thing that makes a good teacher is support from administration.
Many teachers do not have it. It is essential.
"This is great and i agree perfectly with he qualities of the great teacher
"Interesting reading but does sound more like a technocrat's view of what
makes a great teacher and it seems to tick all the boxes that the
politicians, parents and press seem to think. When I think back to the
great teachers I had when I was at school the ones who really stood out
where the free-spirits who weren't necessarily subject specialists but who
had a wonderful way about them when it came to children. This was back in
the days before regimented lesson planning and objectives. Unfortunately
teachers nowadays (and I apologise here because I'm writing from a UK
point of view as I don't have too much knowledge of the US education
policy) are expected to teach to tests and cram knowledge into young minds
rather than drawing out, nurturing and really educating students. If you
wonder why some teachers hate their jobs it's because they are not allowed
to get on and actually teach because everyone else (press, politicians,
parents) think they know how to do the job better. !
We've all been to school, think of one of the teachers who inspired you.
How many of the things on this list would you say they had? Was it
something else perhaps that made them "great"?
"The write up is good like one of the great philopher fredrick niche quote
"the you in you makes the you in you wise"so go on with your god work
"I been a teacher K-12 and most teachers hate their jobs. Many, far too
many, teachers because its very easy work; the pay is very good for what
they do; the benefits are awesome (medical). How can you tell I know what
I'm talking about? Look at the test results are substandard. Any people
who really loved their jobs would do a far better job than what the
American taxpayer is getting. Also, why are teacher unions so much
against vouchers? Let the parents/childrens go choose their schools.
Teachers are very nice but not very helpful but not very knowledgable.
We have to get rid of TEACHER'S UNIONS!!! If we get rid of unions you
will see a drastic change in the qualilty of American education. Teachers
do not giv a damn about chiildren. Most teachers have their children in
private schools not in their public schools.
"Can any1 giv me sum more in4mation about quality of a good teacher
"backup of students increase the passion of teachers i like to read it
because i am also a teacher..
"Definitely good information for a student, trying to become a teacher!
" i can be a great teacher..
"It's hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you're talking about! Thanks
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"Education:Myths,Realities and Parents' Rights by Linda Taylor Charkin will
be published this month and carried by Borders in Burlington, Vermont
05403. It gives parents all the information on what is really happening
to, in and with our schools. It separates the myths from the realities and
empowers parents to ask the right questions, to help prepare their
children and to understand what is happening to American K-12 education.
It explains vouchers and school choice, the gifted, talented and bored,
teachers who bully students and what can be done about it. It doesn't
simply give the problems but it gives solutions that are positive and are
working in schools around both in our and other nations/s"
"A 'great teacher' is part of a team. Teachers who are not rated for TAX
or standardized test performance, such as fine arts teachers, language
teachers, etc., provide learning that supports the performance of regular
classroom teachers, yet how will these so-called 'support staff' be rated
in the new individualized rating system? Schools whose teachers work as
'teams,' where everyone--from the bus driver who reminds kids not to leave
their books, to the principal who sets overall policy--these teals all
work together. The fine arts teacher's curriculum, for example, is
designed to support the basic curriculum. In all the current emphasis on
math and science and the 'basics,' it's important to reward the great
teacher who provides broad understanding of 'humanities.' Yet it is the
regular classroom teacher whose test scores will qualify them for bonuses
as 'great teachers. I want to be sure those highly educated and very
special teachers in the humanities and fine arts qu!
alify for special recognitions as 'great teachers,' and I want to be sure
that teamwork is emphasized in our schools instead of creating individual
competition among teachers. "
"Parents know their child best. They can give input as to their child's
special learning disabilities or health problems or past behavior issues.
But parents are stepping far out of bounds to tell teachers how to teach
when they haven't taught a day in their lives (meaning complete control of
a classroom), they have a degree in a different area other than elementary
or secondary education and they have not read a broad spectrum of
research. Would you want an electrician telling your lawyer how to proceed
with your courtcase or would you want your lawyer telling the electricion
how to rewire your house? This is what it would be like to have a parent
tell a teacher how to teach and they think they know what they are talking
about because they have a college degree in anthropology or medicine so
that makes them an expert in elementary education because they were
students once. Do you recognize yourself in this description? Be careful
to give input to the teacher on what is usef!
ul for her or him to teach your child better. It would probably be better
if you as a parent could take input and advice *from* the teacher."
"After more than twenty years Barbara is still at the top of her game, and
the reason is obvious in any short visit to her classroom. She loves the
infinite challenge of using her agile intellect to spark and enflame the
intellects of children, especially five, six and seven-year-olds. She does
this, of course, by all means at her disposal: designing projects that would
engage the imagination of any age brain, organizing learning centers with
parameters that require creative thinking, and teaching as if the mind
constructs knowledge, rather than as if one could simply fill it up with
Barbara loves puzzles, games, and the mysteries of mathematics. She also
knows that the children come to her with five to seven years of cognitive
development under their belts and that they will learn the most if she
designs activities with an infinite range of possible entry points for the
wide variety of types of brains in her class. She builds her educational
objectives into activities that are playful, challenging, full of surprises
and ripe with opportunities for creativity.
Barbara is a lover of literature and history. If you were to walk into class
and saw Barbara reading to the children, you would see 22 faces fixated on
her in rapt attention. She is a gifted storyteller, and using stories not
only for their obvious intrinsic value, but also strategically to support
the other educational objectives of the day.
Fundamental to BarbaraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way of teaching is the assumption that there are
not three kinds of students: gifted, normal and disabled. 22 students means
22 different intelligences. She teaches as if each child has his or her own
unique social, emotional, and physical challenges this particular year. She
sees her job as creating the conditions in which they will grow from meeting
those challenges, be proud of themselves and at the end of the day still
love to go to school. Barbara assesses the studentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ full gamut of
developmental needs while they work. A famous De Moss quotation is: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Every
minute a child is taking a test, is a minute they could be using to
All of BarbaraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s students take responsibility for their own learning
because she sets everything up with that in mind. Once, about fifteen years
ago, on a visit to her class I watched one of her second graders struggling
with a problem and decided to help. Barbara spoke to me after class. I knew
I had made a mistake. We have to let kids struggle.
BarbaraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s students donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t learn about science. They are scientists. The
culminating activity at the end of the unit might look like Antarctica Day.
As scientists, each group's job is to travel by boat, land, camp, observe
conditions and penguins, record findings, return home and present results.
Each task of the day reviews skills learned during the unit like measuring
temperature, weight and height or decoding nautical signal flag messages or
observing and tallying penguin behaviors or playing child-created math games
on board ship to pass the time. As children slip into oversized black
T-shirts, they become their studied penguins, flapping flippers, collecting
rocks or huddling together. Other children are using binoculars from
icebergs across the room to tally observed behaviors. When the scientists
return home those results are graphed and shared.
A yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth of work might come together at the end in a dramatic
extravaganza where the students put on a puppet show. They have picked the
story, defined the characters, created the puppets to represent those
characters, and designed the stage and the props. The horse requires two
students, of course, because there are four legsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ on and on.
In short, Barbara was a pro when I first met her and she is a pro today. She
never gets bored, because the challenge of engaging each of her unique
students each year in each of her unique classes is, to Barbara, infinitely
challenging, and infinitely fun.
"I'm glad to read the positive and negative points about teachers and I'm
very sad that the situation of teachers is very bad in Afghanistan. the
percentage of poor teachers is higher and the good ones. I hope
Afghanistan will have professional teachers too.
Zamrir Saar, Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan"
"Helpful and glad that i found it thanks"
"I'm very unhappy with my daughter teacher she repeat the same homework,
she didn't send the school notice and the yellow envelope and even she
forgot to nominate the student of the month."
"How do we know how great you really are unless we can see you can the
progress and success students achieve in your class? It is nice to call
me, set high expectations for my kid, know your content, and be able to
plan a great lesson. However, where is the proof that my kid gets it and
what else are you doing to ensure that he/she gets it? What is your
success rate that kids get it in your class?"
"I love the article. Communication is the key. Let the parents know the
pros and the cons regarding their children. Surely if the lines of
communication are not open (consistently), it will adversely affect the
child academically and behaviorlly."
"This is such an important discussion. It seems so basic, but not enough
intelligent discourse is happening, and not enough data is being
collected. I also suspect that the answers are less complicated that
people tend to make them. There is another interesting response to this
Keep up the good words."
"l follow these suggestions in my teaching and want to take more impssive
suggestions for welfare of my students ."
"I'm a student and i have a teacher that i like verry much. unfortunately
my teacher has no controll of her loud,rude,and disturbeing class . what
can i do to help her???"
"A great teacher is a person, who is crazy about his work, who loves and
understands those, who he(she) works with, as his own children. It is the
one who is strict and cool at the same time, who can support a student,
when necessary.It is He, who sees his students through, he knows, if a boy
or a girl is ok today or if he or she isn't well and should better go
home. Such a Teacher notices each small success of a student and praises
him for his efforts. He is the ONE, who sometimes forgets about his own
A Great Love for those, whom He teachers! He 'feels' them and knows
everything about them."
"i am a grandma age 62, and during my childrens school days im contantly
communicating withmy chldrens teachers, just for so many reasons and
issues. i am leanred and known that to be a teacher
is not easy job. if teaching alone with out the real motive of true
teaching to impart knowledge(goodone)to chldren and young ones who would
be or c ould be a leader(in any aspect of leaderships), and only the
intentions of just having a job to earn, you will never be a good teacher
and of course never be a great one.
as teachers really have to (wether they like it or not)encounter kids
children young ppl in a classroom from different race, upbringing,
different beliefs,different system or kind of upbringing and mostly
different kind of homes, is a real hard task of even communicating to
impart what you need to teach and they need to learn.
so teaching, if you wanted to be good at it and become one of the greats,
is not a matter of just teaching. as the BIBLE SAYS, that what ever you
dot it good and with LOVE. if you just do it, with out LOVE, it is
nothing. so teaching is not just a matter of profession or a degree that
you have to paractice. it is a a profession a degree and a vocation
mostly. if you have and vocation, you do it as a work of love. and
teaching is actualyy is a work of love. if you love you CARE. many
students needs care. but hard to do if you are catering to numbers of
that i swhere the word SACRIFCE comes in.
teachers have a great influence to thier students who could be a would be.
the influence of the teacher could not end until the student handled
became what ever they would bcome in their adult life. if you are the
teacher of the famous, the greats, and influentials, as they are you are
if you are the teacher of the robbers, murderer, the prosties or those a
prob. to mankind and society, ask yourself what have you done to the
future of these once upon a time your student.
you mold, you shape the characters and image of every child, though the
parents are somewhat a partakers to this too. but being the looked up
2nd.parents in school, the more hours being together with this kids and
young pppls. the teachers paricipation is great in the making of the
future of this students.
so if you are just studying to be a teacher, just for having a dregree or
just haveing a job. pls. dont teach at a school.just keep the diploma at
home. cause to be a great and real teacher, is a WORK OF LOVE , A VOCATION
AND A SACRIFICE"
"I am a student, and students definetly know what makes a good teacher. All
this stuff is right, but almost every job u need to be like this to be a
good worker. They need to be fun and less harsh- there are so many serious
people, but people in school are not adults, but they turn us into adults
faster because some teachers just want they're paycheck. The teachers have
to bond and listen to there students so there is less uncomfortability
with teachers. "
"The person who said teachers train as much as doctors does not know what
they are talking about and making unfounded assumptions."
"This is a great website and all the comments are enlightening. The
education problem debate is raging in Jamaica and of course the problem
(especially according to the 'campaign' one of a our news media editors)
rests squarely with teachers and the schools. The response of May 4, 2009
below, is one I'd like to borrow lock, stock and barrel for sharing with
that news media, because it seems like a time and content wheel that
requires no re-invention. I am getting from the article that a teacher who
is aspiring to greatness will do all the things mentioned in the articles.
These may not all be done all the time but all will be done at some time.
One very popular train of thought out here is that the schools should be
run like any regular business place. I don't know if, under such a
circumstance, the students would be returnable input when there is a
readiness problem at specific levels. What do great teachers need to be
great? Is there a nature component to teacher characteri!
stics that is not considered in the article?"
"A teacher should care about every student that enter her door. A teacher
should be allowed to look at each student and check where the student is
when he or she enter the class. A teacher should not label students but
should encourage all students. Students learn at different levels.
Teachers should not be stress nor students with testing. But all students
should be taught to read. All classes should not be stack, but have
different learning levels. A teacher need to have principals that are
trained just like the teachers are. A great deal of principals are not
train in the field that they are given leadership. Just because a teacher
has taught 5 years and from the business world were there are no jobs does
not mean they are better that the 15-25 year teacher that was trained in
the field of teaching. Some may be great teachers to some but the
Greatest teacher in the world is one that will listen, motivate and
encourage all students. You have to care about student!
s to teach.
Parents should take an interest in their children and work with the
teacher. My door is always open to my parents. I want my parents to be
active in their child's learning. I want and do treat students like they
are my children."
"You are describing an 'institutionalized' ideal of the great teacher and
not at all what students declare. My greatest teacher was far from
structured or began with 'facts!' Also, what is the use of the pronoun
'he' so predominate. What, males tend to be poor teachers?
Furthermore, what you are talking about is the perfect little glowing
white toothed, perfect hair, never be real blandness that dominates your
'ideal' contrived institutional world.
My greatest teacher was a hard rock miner whose rough hands, weathered
looking teeth, cheerful disposition, and work ethics made the perfect
Let's get real!"
"Life is full of continuous learning! There are no 'GREAT' teachers, only
teachers who are constantly improving! So, yes I take issue with 'GREAT'!
As an educator, I am always learning and my knowledge evolves daily,
realizing that even the experienced make many mistakes! I pray that I
never view myself as a 'GREAT' teacher but rather just as a teacher who
did the best that she could!!!"
"I take issue with 'Great teachers communicate frequently with parents.'
Great teachers are working hard to prepare their lesson plans and are
already overworked. Parents need to take responsibility to contact the
teacher on a regular basis and quickly ask how the child is doing. Of
course teachers and principals will contact a parent is the students has
done something that was very wrong or the child is having a specific
learning problem BUT be proactive instead of passive. It always serves us
better. And remember, the parent is the child's best advocate, so take
that responsibility seriously."
"It says that
'Under the law, elementary school teachers must have a bachelor's degree
and pass a rigorous test in core curriculum areas and pass a test or by
completing an academic major'.
I've known so many new teachers who have completed all the requirement to
be called 'highly qualified teachers', and one is my daughte's teacher,
but let me tell you this, go to her class, she can't even manage the
class, children are all around, disorganize and obviously is not
exhibiting expertise in the subjects she's teaching.
While my baby's kinder teachers until 1st grade who were so good, love our
kids, have dedication were removed just for the reason that'they are not
highly qualified' according to the school because they haven't compleated
yet the requirements to get a clear credential????
For me as a parent'HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER' does not always follow with
how many units in education teachers got! But rather they should have
those qualities that makes a Great Teacher like it was mention:
It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum and standards;
enthusiasm, a caring attitude and a love of learning; knowledge of
discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a
difference in the lives of young people.
Why can't they also consider the years of experience the teacher had in
the qualification of a 'HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER' and not only
concentrating on the number of units they got or the number of tests they
pass! Experience is a BIG BIG plus to be a good, confident, knowlegeable
teacher not only in our children's learning but also the effectiveness on
how they manage the class.
"Parents need to remember that any given teacher is only a moment in their
childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life. You, the parent, are the strong hold that is steady for your
child and their lifelong teacher."
"how can......for the teacher if there are not complete equipments in the
"wow...I don't see how party affiliation has anything to do with the
subject. Pres. Obama blasted teachers in his speach even more than the
so-called hatemongers on the right. The fact is that teachers and their
students are being blamed for our woes as a nation. Most Americans are
intellectually lazy. Why should our kids be any different? I go through
hell trying to teach my son anything. Obstinate wretch. How about 30 in a
"Great teachers are all around us. The problem is that great teachers have
the potential to be great in what ever field they choose to work in.
Therefore, most don't stay in education very long. Education is extremly
low paying considering the amount of education we expect them to have, the
amount of continuing education we expect them to keep up with on their own
time and with the little bit of money they have. Throw in all of the
testing, large number of children in each classroom, higher number of
students with behavior/attitude/learning difference issues than every
before, and parents who expect 'their' child to be the main center of
attention for the teacher at any given moment. Teaching isn't worth the
stress, low pay, and forced (expensive and time consuming) continuing
education. Great teachers will be great in whatever field they chose to
work in, they will leave education and go be 'great' someplace with less
stress and more money. If we want great teachers, then we!
need to compensate them and treat them like they are great, not the
reason for all of our social woes. If you compare teachers to other highly
educated professionals such as lawyer's, MBA's, and doctors within our
society, you can see what our society values. We value money. People who
make money for us, protect our money for us, or provide medical care for
us are valued significantly more than those who are shaping the future
and taking care of our children each and every day. Yes, Doctors and
Lawyer's may need more education to start out in their fields, but by the
time a teacher is 6 to 8 years into the field, she has most likey taken as
many college classes as a lawyer or even a Doctor. Teachers are expected
to continue taking college classes up until they retire. By the time a
teacher retires I would expect that they have more time and money invested
into their education than a lawyer or doctor ever would. Our society needs
to start compensating teachers commensurate!
with their level of education and the service they are provid!
ing for society at large. We expect teachers to prepare the children of
our society to come out of school and change the world into a better
place. Our hopes and dreams for the futures of our children are placed in
the hands of educators. Our society can't afford crappy second rate
teachers that can't find work anywhere else. We need to pay great
teachers great salaries, salaries that will encourage great people from
other fields that teaching is a field worth working in, when we have a
large enough pool of great teachers, we won't have to put up with all the
bad teachers. Getting great teachers into classrooms is as simple as
creating an environment that encourages more people to want to be
teachers, with a larger selection of people wanting to be teachers, it
will be easier to get rid of the ones who can't make the grade."
"Great information. Particulary for a new teacher such as myself. I will
definitely use as I strive to become a better teacher."
"We in the US do a great job with instilling critical thinking.
Unfortunately, especially with integrated classrooms, the best we can
teach is lowest common denominator material. Whether you like him or not,
is there another Bill Gates in our future?
There probably is but I don't think we will see as many as we have in our
heralded past. What challenge does a young man or woman have if they can't
compete with the best in the schools until they start taking college prep
I'm not a teacher, but I talk from experience. I ran a group home for
children for some time. My kids went into integrate classrooms and raised
hell. They were an extreme distraction, no matter how many aids were there
just for them, and took valuable class time from everyone else.
Now there is no more special ed and no more honors classes."
"I'm not a teacher, but do you really think a teacher can send frequent feedback to parents, as well as maintain constant, individual contact with everyone? That's too time consuming for what we pay them. We should be real, folks. If they're doing a good job, we shouldn't burn them out with obsessive over-checking. We need to step back and let teachers teach, not micro-manage the parents as well as the kids. That's ridiculous."
"In order to be a good teacher we as teachers also need help from the parents. As a teacher I can only do so much, thats where the parents come in."
"As an aspiring teacher, I see and am told alot about what makes a good teacher. I think the one that has stood out to me is that a good teacher knows her students and their learning styles, and models her lessons based on different learning styles, not just the one she is most comfortable with. Also, I think that a good teacher engages her students, she involves them in class activities, uses hands on activities as a means of learning, and incorporates current technologies into the learning experience for her children. As an education major, I am currently being exposed to alot of technology that wasn't used even in the past 10-15 years while I was in school. The changes are amazing, and to watch the students I observe interact with and engage in the use of technology, it amazes me that we didn't come up with this before now.
Also, I think communication between the parent and teacher alone isn't enough. I feel any communication to the parent from a teacher should also involve the child. The teacher and parent may only see it one way, where as the child may have a different view or reasoning of an action or behavior.