Saturday, March 22, 2014

10 Things That Separate Good Teachers from Great Ones

Cross Posted at Brilliant or Insane 

What separates a good teacher from a great teacher?

1 -- Good teachers teach the subject matter. Their students do very well on assessments.

2 -- Good teachers have high expectations for their students.
Great teachers have high expectations for themselves.

3 -- Good teachers are acutely aware of their surroundings. Their classrooms are well-oiled machines.
Great teachers "pick-n-choose" their battles. They recognize that each student should be treated fairly, but not necessarily equally.

4 -- Good teachers have students who produce.
Great teachers recognize that they are responsible for what their students produce.

5 -- Good teachers reflect.
Great teachers look to their peers, administrators, online, and read books to improve. Most importantly, they look to themselves for answers.

6 -- Good teachers seek to improve themselves.
Great teachers push their peers to become better. 

7 -- Good teachers provide consistent feedback.
Great teachers possess a growth mindset and constantly praise efforts.

8 -- Good teachers arrive to school on time and complete all their duties and obligations.
Great teachers go above and beyond for their students and their school. They never quit and never complain about the hours.

9 -- Good teachers are respected by their students.
Great teachers are loved by their students. 

10 -- Good teachers know their students.
Great teachers know their students better than they know themselves.


Bill Burkhead said...

"Great" Post Reed, I am a big fan of Jim Collins (Good to Great) and often look to push the envelope from Good to Great. You have done so in this post with some specific attributes necessary for good teachers to become Great. thank you for sharing.

Reed Gillespie said...

Thanks, Bill. Jim Collins' book is a must read. Appreciate your feedback. I'm working on a second blog with the same subject (and am starting to realize, a lot separates good-great teachers). Also realizing we probably accept good too much when we should be striving for great.

Walt Kozlowski said...

Outstanding. This is a post I will be sharing wih my staff.