What makes a good teacher
This post is for my young teacher friends who are just starting out in this wonderful profession. I taught at the secondary level, the university level, worked at the Board and Provincial (State) level. The schools I worked in were mostly inner city, and had problems with gangs and race. I still have good relationships with many of my ex students. So over the years I have learned what makes a good teacher extraordinary. The International Center for Leadership in Education completed a study of what makes a teacher extraordinary. The study was built on three earlier studies that explored.
- the reasons some schools had high-achieving students in spite of high poverty and other markers that seem to preclude success
- the ways these schools were able to close the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students
- the observations of students in these studies who were interviewed about their learning and their teachers’ teaching.
From these explorations, the new study identifies 10 characteristics of extraordinary teachers:
1. Student-Teacher Relationships. The teacher creates an atmosphere of mutual respect in which students and teachers are involved together in the learning process.
2. Commitment to Student Success. The teacher believes and acknowledges that all students will succeed and works to accomplish this success.