I saw a post on Twitter talking about removing the word “teaching” and simply replacing it with “learning”. I have to admit, I cringed at the thought. That being said, I do believe a great teacher starts from the view point of a learner, not the teacher. This is something that is a needed shift in the traditional norm of education. Starting from the needs of the learner, not the teacher.
That being said, with all of the change that is being thrust upon us so quickly in the world, great teachers are needed more than ever. I asked the following question on Twitter:
When you think of the word “teacher”, what do you see in your mind?
— George Couros (@gcouros) September 5, 2016
Here are my thoughts:
A Great Teacher Is…
Someone who is a relationships builder.
Someone who shapes minds.
Someone who empowers learners.
Someone who cares about their learners.
Someone who inspires.
Someone who is a leader AND a follower, and knows when to go into each role.
Someone who knows when to stand in front and then knows when to gets out of the way.
Someone who is wise and shares their wisdom with others.
Someone who listens.
Someone who is continuously learning and growing.
Someone who shares what was, but inspires dreams of what could be.
Someone who both embraces and creates change.
Someone who is a constant innovator.
Someone who impacts people long after their time with them.
A great teacher is often all of these things and so much more.
P.S. Nothing here about test scores…
As I said earlier, teachers are needed more now than ever. Change will be the only constant that we will deal with in our world, and it is happening at a rate faster than ever. Educators should not only empower the next generation to embrace change, but will develop those who create it, making the world a better place.
Share your blog posts or tweets to share what you think #AGreatTeacherIs.