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Insights from the Intersection of Childhood and Education

Friday, April 20, 2012

What Makes a Good Teacher?


For our recent celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, parent Cathy Bowers polled students on what makes a good teacher. As you can see, it seems to have less to do with imparting subject matter, and more with what kind of person you are.

A further sampling of quotes from our students:

A good teacher...

...is strict and firm but doesn't yell.
...accepts mistakes and says "do better next time."
...gives individual attention.
...looks at the good, not just the bad.
...as a messy desk.

All these quotes were collected and displayed on colorful posters around our big multi-purpose room for teachers to enjoy and mull over. Sure enough, they gave not only teachers something to think about. Thank you, Cathy, for putting this project together!



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