It is interview season, and in some of my teacher Facebook groups, interviewees have requested ideas on ways to address X issue, how to respond to Y question, and how we’d solve Z problem. It’s made me pause to reflect on what makes a teacher great, and I think after 25 years in the classroom in multiple settings (classroom, technology, and reading specialist) and with the experiences I’ve had working with some of the greatest teachers, I can identify traits that great teachers must have. This is not to say that *I* am great (even after this many years, I still feel I have lots of areas to improve), but rather, what I have seen and admire in my colleagues.
Great teachers are resourceful and collaborative.
Great teachers listen more than they talk.
Great teachers observe reading behaviors.
Great teachers know their students well and keep a sense of humor.
Great teachers are positive communicators.
Great teachers keep up with new trends in education.
Great teachers use assessments to guide their instruction.
Great teachers use a variety of teaching methods to reach all learning styles.
Great teachers use time effectively.
Great teachers are not superheroes, we are human.
What would you add to this list? What advice do you have for new teachers? How about veteran teachers? How can we encourage our veterans?