Here’s a great article from the Atlantic about what makes a great teacher based on research from inside the Teach for America program. In a nutshell, their research is showing that no single factor in a students’ success is more influential than the adult standing in front of them. Wow.
Great teachers tend to:
- Set big goals for their students
- Constantly reevaluate what they are doing
- Actively recruit students and their families into the process
- Maintain focus, ensuring that everything they did contributed to student learning
- Planned exhaustively and purposefully—for the next day or the year ahead—by working backward from the desired outcome
- Worked relentlessly, refusing to surrender to the combined menaces of poverty, bureaucracy, and budgetary shortfalls