Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Best Teachers

A number of Thanksgiving Day cards reminded me of what the best teachers do.

The best teachers devote themselves to children in the following ways:
  • Thoughtful response.
  • Engaging, new learning.
  • Developing independence. 
  • Listening.
  • Kind, targeted feedback.
  • Positivity.
  • Dignity.
  • Care.
The best systems provide teachers with the support they need to do this job well.

To be a "best teacher" is a lifelong journey, a goal that is never fully attained, but one that is nurtured by caring, daily effort and learning.