What Great Teachers Do
Think about your favorite teacher – a teacher that you learned a great deal from, who helped you to develop your potential or who made you feel at home in the classroom. What characteristics did this teacher have which allowed you to learn, be comfortable, or grow?
- Do I embody some of the same characteristics?
- What do I need to do to display more of these characteristics?
As we examine the characteristics of teachers in our school experience, it is likely we will see correlations between the student-teacher relationship and our performance in the classroom. As we look at teaching through this lens, we come to understand that teaching content is only one aspect of the teacher's role. Creating an emotionally caring and educationally supportive environment in our classroom can give us an advantage in engaging students in learning.
The following TED Video is presented by Ms. Rita Pierson. Ms. Pierson is an inspiring former teacher who has a philosophy that all students can learn, and that a teacher can lift students to heights they never thought they could achieve.
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- Foundations of Education. Authored by: SUNY Oneonta Education Department. License: CC BY: Attribution
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- Every Child Needs a Champion. Authored by: Rita Pearson. Provided by: TED Talk. Located at: https://www.youtube.com/embed/SFnMTHhKdkw. License: CC BY-NC-ND: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives