I am taking a graduate class to get my supervisory certification and am in the process of writing a paper on what it takes to be a good teacher. I did the research and found some really great scholarly articles on the topic. Including the This We Believe Statement from AMLE.
I also decided to ask my students on edmodo about what they thought makes a good teachers and school. Their answers blew me away. You can do all the studies in the world and comply tons of data. That is all great and important but a lot of the time we forget to ask our students. They are the ones who are the "consumers" why are we scared to ask them what they think? When you take the time to do this you will learn so much from them!
Here are some of the thoughtful, amazing answers that my middle school students gave to the question what makes a good teacher and school.
Don't you just love what they had to say! It follows all the research and at the same time is so honest and open!
Listen to your students! Ask them their thoughts! They will tell you and I promise you will learn a lot!
Elissa Malespina is the Middle School Teacher Librarian in Somerville and a Presenter, Author and much more. The views are my own. Find my full resume above.