Teaching is difficult for a number of reasons. Each student that steps through the doors of a classroom has a varied set of prior experiences and a different set of strengths and weaknesses. Teachers have the daunting task of delivering the same material to 30 unique learners regardless of any baggage those students bring to class each day; and they have to do that for multiple classes every day. In addition to this primary task, teachers must complete dozens of other daily tasks that they don’t tell you about when you sign up for your first education class in college, like statistical analyses of test data, creating common assessments to align district-wide, etc.
It is easy to see how being an educator is not an easy assignment. But what is it that makes some teachers more successful than others? The article linked here describes 25 habits of successful teachers with a short description of each.
After reading this article it occurs to me that many of the attributes described center around the theme of change and how the teacher adapts and thrives with change. Items 15, 16, 17, 19, 23, and 24 all address change. Whether it be in the actions of a teacher or their mental approach to their practice, change threads throughout. Education can no longer be viewed as a static profession. As the needs of our students change, so must our delivery methods and thus our teaching.
As you read the article here are a couple of questions to think about:
- What attribute(s) resonate with you the most?
- What is missing from this list?