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Great Teachers

October 5, 2014

What makes a great teacher?

In a blog post written by Jack Schneider for Education Week on September 8, the question is asked What makes a great teacher? Below is the first two paragraphs of the article. You can read the entire post that might provide some food for thought by clicking here.

According to the loudest and most influential education reformers, the answer is pretty straightforward. Great teachers have mastery over their subject matter, can design coherent lesson plans, and are able to track student improvement.

But while it’s true that great teachers possess those skills, it is deeply misguided to believe that those skills alone make a great teacher. Because, whether we like it or not, teaching is about relationships. So, yes, great teachers know their material. But they also engage and inspire. They can design a challenging lesson. But they also know how to build trust and foster a sense of care. They are interested in tracking student improvement. But they are also deeply concerned with the broader task of human improvement. Great teachers are no less than our friends, mentors, and role models.

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