Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Teaching Tip #122

Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #122

Nothing beats a good teacher.

And this one is awesome, if just for the title alone:

I don't think technology can - poof - turn average or poor teachers into rock stars.  It can, I hope, engage students better which, again, I hope, will cause average or poor teachers to improve.

But nothing beats a good teacher.

In fact, that is a point hammered home in the book I just finished reading: What Great Principals Do Differently by Todd Whitaker. The best principals focus on what is best for their best teachers.

Why is this so important? Whitaker hits a few key points -

First, former students remember these teachers as the best ones long after they've graduated.

Second, parents regularly request these teachers for their kids.

Third, other teacher respect these teachers the most.

Fourth, If they lost one of these teachers, it would be next to impossible to find a replacement of their quality.

The impact of good teachers goes far beyond just students. It shapes the entire school.

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