Our guest blogger today is Barbara Borland, a Program Manager at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She writes about a topic near and dear to her heart: quality education.
In this day and age of CSAP tests, No Child Left Behind, etc…we have lost the idea that education goes beyond the calculable test scores that school districts use and the federal government mandates to determine excellence and success in teaching.
What makes a great educator?
~Someone who takes time out of their day to explain for what seems the two hundredth time a concept to a student and does so with patience.
~Someone who cares enough about their profession that they seek continuing education classes that challenge them and that will make them better practitioners in the classroom (with or without their district directing them to do so, or giving them credit for the classes).
~Someone who understands that not all students learn the same way, and someone who goes out of their way to ensure that they are imparting knowledge in a variety of methods.
~Someone who treats all students as their customer, for surely without students, there would be no need for teachers.
~Finally someone who is able to share their excitement about learning with their students.
I can’t tell you the number of college students I have had who hold wonderful memories of a particular teacher in their K-12 education that encouraged them to learn and gave them confidence in the fact that they WILL be successful. Be that educator!