What They Can Learn From Successful Teachers:
The teachers I admire most are those who stay intellectually curious & professionally vital both inside & out of doors the classroom for lots of years. They avoid stagnation at all costs & maintain an enviable passion for babies & the learning method. They stay vivid in the students' memories forever because of their creativity, sense of fun, & compassion.
Here are the qualities I feel contribute most to a successful, long lasting, & happy teaching career:
1. Successful teachers hold high expectations:
The most effective teachers expect great accomplishments from their students, & they don't accept anything less. In schooling, expectations form a self-fulfilling prediction. When teachers think each & every student can soar beyond any imagined limits, the babies will sense that confidence & work with the teacher to make it happen.
2. They think creatively:
The best teachers think outside the box, outside the classroom, & out of doors the norm. They leap outside of the classroom walls & take their students with them! As much as feasible, top teachers try to make classroom experiences fascinating & memorable for the scholars. They seek ways to give their students a actual world application for knowledge, taking learning to the next action-packed level. Think tactile, unexpected, movement-oriented, & a little bit crazy... then you'll be heading in the right direction.
3. Top teachers are versatile & sensitive:
The best teachers live outside of their own needs & stay sensitive to the needs of others, including students, parents, colleagues, & the community. It is challenging because each individual needs something different, but the most successful teachers are a special breed who play a mass of different roles in a given day with fluidity & beauty, while remaining true to themselves.
4. They are curious, confident, & evolving:
They are all familiar with the stagnant, cynical, low-energy teachers who appear to be biding their time until retirement & watching the clock even more intently than their students. That is what NOT to do.
They understand that teachers don't deliver curriculum, but the best teachers are inspiring leaders that show students how ought to behave in all areas of life & in all types of situations. Top teachers admit it when they don't know the answer. They apologize when necessary & treat students with respect.
5. Successful teachers emphasize the fun in learning & in life:
The teachers I admire most generate lighthearted fun out of serious learning. They are not afraid to be daft because they can snap the scholars back in to attention at will - with a stern look or a adjust in tone of voice.
In contrast, the teachers I most admire renew their energy by learning new ideas from more youthful teachers, & they are not threatened by new ways of doing things on campus. They have strong core principles, but somehow still evolve with changing times. They embrace new technologies & confidently move forward in to the future.
6. They are imperfectly human:
The most effective educators bring their whole selves to the job. They celebrate student successes, show compassion for struggling parents, tell tales from their own lives, laugh at their mistakes, share their unique quirks, & are not afraid to be imperfectly human in front of their students.
I often think of Disney Teacher of the Year Ron Clark who made of his Essential 55 rules be "Do not bring Doritos in to the school building" because they loathed Doritos himself! This irreverent rule (sneaked in amongst the more important class rules) shows a daft, human side of the teacher while modeling for the scholars that they can have fun while they get work completed.