Five Attitudes of Effective Teachers:
Implications for Teacher Training Bonni Gourneau University of North Dakota Abstract When preservice teachers or teacher candidates are asked, “Why do you want to be a teacher?”
The response is commonly, “I want to be able to make a positive difference in the lives of my students.” Many teacher candidates continue to say they also want to be an effective teacher who will be remembered fondly by their former students. Some want to have a chance to be a better teacher than the teachers they personally experienced.
However, many researchers (i.e., Frank, 1990; Fulton, 1989; Goodlad, 1990; Handler, 1993) state the axiom that teachers usually teach in the way they were taught. This compelling statement highlights the importance of reviewing and analyzing students’ prior educational experiences for insight into the effective and ineffective attitudes and actions of teachers.
The effective attitudes and actions employed by teachers ultimately can make a positive difference on the lives of their students, and this belief will serve as the central focus of this paper. By examining prior educational experiences, preservice teachers can discuss what they should or should not do with a class of students.
The five frequently discussed attitudes and actions include: a genuine caring and kindness of the teacher, a willingness to share the responsibility involved in a classroom, a sincere sensitivity to the students’ diversity, a motivation to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students, and an enthusiasm for stimulating the students’ creativity.
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As far as open-online-marketplaces is concerned, “Teachers Pay Teachers” is one of the best. It is a place where teachers sell their course materials, original lesson plans, and other resources to other teachers. According to Wikipedia, the site has attracted over 900,000 original teaching resources.
Teachers are welcome to submit resources to the marketplace free. They may charge for their resources or submit their resources at no charge. Currently, there are 3,000,000 registered users at Teachers Pay Teachers and many are earning significant supplemental income.
Paul Edelman, a former NYC Public School teacher, founded Teachers Pay Teachers in 2006. He claims that this marketplace for teacher-created materials is akin to an eBay or an Etsy for teacher related projects. He describes it is a place where educators can open up shop and sell their materials to other teachers.
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- “To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler—and less trouble.” — Mark Twain
- “I never did very well in math—I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.” — Calvin Trillin
- “My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools for mentally disturbed teachers.” — Woody Allen
- “Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.” — Louis-Hector Berlioz
- “If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.” — Bill Gates
- “Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.” — Gracie Allen
- “You know how to tell if the teacher is hung over? Movie Day.” — Jay Mohr
- “As long as teachers give tests, there will always be prayer in schools.” — Unknown
- “Never forget the enormous power and influence of a teacher. They are educators. They touch the life of every student who passes their way. They can change a child’s self-portrait.” – Michele Borba