Denyse has compiled a list of 10 things that make 'good' teachers 'GREAT'! And she should know!
Linking up with the awesome Jess for IBOT.
Good teachers are everywhere and, I hope, aspiring to be GREAT teachers. From my 40+ years of experience as a K-6 Teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal these are some of the qualities of great teachers.
Great teachers are:
1. Those teachers who see each child as an individual with unique needs who has come to school with prior learning from home and the world around.
2. The ones who ensure that the learning program, via the required curriculum, is adaptable enough to help children learn in the style which suits best.
3. People who listen well, observe and make note of learning behaviours which may ascertain if a child needs further assistance in learning.
4. The professionals who establish learning environments which encourage risk-taking and question-asking, adding possibilities for child-centred research in a safe and flexible setting.
5. Lifelong learners who will belong to professional networks, attend courses and be on the lookout for ways in which to improve their knowledge and skills.
6. Those people with infectious enthusiasm and passion for their profession who will informally mentor and encourage others.
7. Self-managing and monitoring of their health and will admit the need to take some rest time, family time and to care for themselves well so they will bounce back with enthusiasm and energy.
8. Flexible and adaptable whilst ensuring that school and life rules are followed, there is flexibility to allow for spontaneous and on-the-spot learning.
9. Encouragers and nurturers of children who will grow and change within the year to ensure the readiness for the next stage of learning at school.
10. School and community team members and community knowing this is the way to get the ‘best’ from everyone and to provide equitable learning so that ‘everyone gets a go’ to be ‘the best they can’.
About Denyse Whelan B.Ed. M.Ed.
Denyse is a now-retired K-6 Australian schooling educator who has been a K-6 teacher, deputy principal and school principal, university tutor, and ESL teacher.
She has more than 4 decades of experience as both an educator and parent in the Australian schooling system. She has worked in schools including the small 2 teacher schools in remote NSW, Central Schools K-12 in NSW, large Western Sydney K-6 Schools and her principal role saw her manage a school with mainstream students, a special education support unit, 2 ‘opportunity classes’ (GAT) and an Autism Spectrum Satellite Classs
Denyse believes in life-long learning and that learning takes place formally and informally in our lives every day.
Denyse blogs about education each week here: www.denysewhelan.com.au
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