I’m a retired school teacher and I still miss it! I started teaching in 1971 when the world of education was very different. I always got the boys who tested previous teachers! Why, you ask? Because I had 2 boys of my own and I knew every trick in the book! (Smile)
I taught to each individual child! Almost never as a group. Kids love that. I had learning centers before anyone knew what they were!
I was at the cutting edge of Blooms Taxonomy, Bernice McCarthy, & Howard Gardner. I don’t know what methods schools use now, but I invite to look them up. I bet you’ll see why I used those methods.
1. Give your student choices! It gives them a sense of responsibility and it shows that you respect them.
2. I praised them…every single student…every single day!
3. I [almost] NEVER raised my voice! I’m sure that was because I grew up in a strict catholic Italian house with lots of rules and yes…raised voices. So I couldn’t bring myself to do it to my students.
4. I was flexible. I offered all students several choices of creativity for the same objective as I knew they could find at least one task they’d enjoy. I was proud of my students. My administration said they could see it when they observed me. I WANTED my students to succeed.
5. I never got burned out! After 35 years my last year of teaching was as good as my first! Of course a lot has to do with your administrator. I started with a good one and ended with the greatest ever! It’s important to have a good administrator to mentor you into becoming a great teacher!
In conclusion,“PARENTS AND TEACHERS” I’d like to ask you, what do you think makes a good teacher?