Top Qualities Every Teacher Should Have
At the beginning of every school years students are placed into classes. As a parent, you need to meet the teacher and make sure that they have a majority of these qualities. A parent can always request for their child to be in a certain class and the school must comply. What should parents look for in a teacher?
Standards Based InstructionIn today’s era of formal assessments and accountability, a teacher who is still fighting the state standards is setting his/her students up for failure. Make sure that your child’s teacher has standards based instruction.
Backwards PlanningThe teacher should start with a standard and an assessment and then build backwards to create the lesson. This way the lessons will all make sense and the students and the teacher will know what the end goal is.
CollaborationIs your child’s classroom and island unto itself? Every teacher gets better by collaborating with his/her peers. A teacher needs to step outside of the classroom to discuss, plan, and reflect on how they are doing.
FlexibilityAn excellent teacher should be able to change their plans in an instant. A teacher needs to be prepared for the school day and yet at the drop of a hat he/she should be able to change the plans in order to fit the needs of the students and the school.
CommitmentStaying after school to help a student, demanding students stay for tutoring, taking time away from personal business to make sure each student is getting the time and consideration that they need. A committed teacher is ready to help whether or not there is a paycheck attached to it.
Professional DevelopmentA teacher gets better by constantly refining their work and seeing what the latest data says. A teacher should participate in or lead professional developments that are relevant to their craft and their classroom. Without it a teacher can become stale and outdated.
RigorFind where the students are academically and then teach one step above it. This means don’t just do the same lesson because it is fun. It means adjusting every lesson to challenge the students in the classroom.
CommunicationHow often do you speak with the teacher? Do you have to call or does the teacher? The teacher should be contacting parents once a month whether it is via notes, phone calls, or a monthly newsletter. Parents should be an active member of the classroom.