Just today I was having a conversation with a colleague about the importance of relationships with students. Then I came across this post via twitter. It’s like Jon was a part of our conversation. Since I couldn’t say it better myself, I share his post and whole-heartedly say, “here, here!” Thank you to my colleague Carol for the very reflective conversation, and to Jon for unknowingly being the fly on the wall.
It is no coincidence that some teachers are adored by their students and some teachers are not. And while teachers that are adored by their students are not always great, all great teachers are always adored by their students. During my 17 years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and vice principal I have noticed that are certain things that great teachers do,that whether they realize or not, make them great.
Great Teachers Treat Students Equitably Not Equally
All students are not the same. Great teachers realize this and they make it a point to give each one of their students exactly what they need, when they need it. They create a classroom culture such that each child realizes this and they are okay with it because they know that when the time comes, their needs will be met.
Great Teachers Give Students a Fresh Start Every Single Day
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