QUALITIES OF AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER
- a patient person
- a kind person
- one who is respectful of students
- one who is smart
- no nonsense
- one who looks after us when we're feeling sick
- one who is interesting
- one who comes to school regularly (not frequently absent)
- fun and creative
- a curious person
- someone who is excited about the material
- someone who doesn't rush through the lessons
- a clean and organized person
- someone who is on time/punctual
- someone who can be a little goofy
- someone who occasionally introduces ideas to students that doesn't necessarily have to do but can be connected with what is being taught
Mr. Lopez then told his students that there is an ongoing discussion about teacher effectiveness, and explained to them that one line of thinking believes that teachers should be measured by their students' test scores. He wrote:
If only you could see the expressions on my fourth-graders' faces. I asked one student whose face was particularly scrunched up what she thought. She said that that didn't seem fair. Virtually every one of my students agreed with her. I got the following three reasons before they were dismissed:
- some students don't pay attention.
- when in a hurry, some students just fill in any bubble
- chance is involved
So there you have it, the elemental T-R-U-T-H.
How can we get Gates, Broad, Duncan, et al. to listen to the thoughtful words that come out of the mouths of babes?
h/t Manny. Thanks for sharing.