GREAT teachers are knowledgeable about
- early child development, and how the brain processes new information.
- the principles and best practices used by special educators; which enable them to effectively differentiate instruction for all students. All students are individuals, and they all learn in their own unique ways.
- applied behavior analysis (ABA); which enables teachers to understand what motivates students beneath the surface (including those instances when the external behavior is positive and desirable).
These concepts are instrumental in assuring successful instruction no matter what age or grade level the students represent. In fact, they can also prove invaluable to corporate trainers; responsible for the training and development of adults within the workforce.
- continually nurture every student’s self-esteem. Learn More.
- model lifelong learning.
- acknowledge and learn from their own mistakes (as well as those of their students).
- collaborate with students; guiding them to discover techniques that will help them to conquer their own unique challenges.
- Live in the moment! They minimize distractions, turn off cell phones, and focus on helping students succeed.
GREAT teachers make it a priority to nurture
Critical Thinking & Creativity
- Critical thinking is far more valuable than memorizing facts; especially now that data, facts, and figures are “literally” at our fingertips.
- Students must be taught soft skills, such as problem-solving, collaboration, teamwork, observation, conflict resolution, and adaptability; along with academics.
- Students require curriculum, which teaches them how to research, organize information, and communicate ideas. For young students, whose literacy skills are just beginning to emerge, these skills can be introduced through the use of collage (visual) and collaborative story telling (verbal).
- Students will thrive if they understand how to self-reflect and how to be cognizant of their thoughts, feelings, and actions.
- Students can ensure their own mental health, if they are taught to utilize cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to think clearly and rationally about what is getting in their way, and how they can adjust their thoughts, feelings, and/or behavior.
If students have been empowered with the proper tools, and training, necessary to do so; they will delve deeper into areas of interest, and be able to create, strive, and reach for new goals independently.
To be a GREAT teacher, one must teach INTENTIONALLY