An outstanding teacher loves teaching. In that the teacher is always looking for ways to improve. They reflect on their teaching and build upon the moments that went well and ask themselves what they could do to make things better. They are always striving to increase their knowledge and craft. They improve both their knowledge of teaching as well as the subject. In addition, they are always teaching. They use mundane tasks to teach, and continually use think-alouds as a teaching method.
An outstanding teacher loves and knows the students. They have high expectations for every student. They scaffold and coach the students to reach these expectations. They teach the students to self regulate and monitor their own thinking and learning. Above all, they use the students’ interest as a springboard for further learning and growth.
An outstanding teacher maximizes their time. They give students many opportunities to read, have excellent classroom management. They recognize the importance of creating life-long learners. They use that as their motivating factor in teaching.
What do you think makes an outstanding teacher?