Students and their parents recognize when they have been blessed with a good teacher. Indeed, they can probably sense it on the first day of school.
Good teachers care about their students and know how to motivate them. It sometimes matters little to students what their teacher is teaching or how the subject is being taught. However, it will always matter why their teacher is teaching. Students have a sixth sense for whether their teacher cares about them and whether their teacher is dedicated to the profession. Above all, it will matter to students who their teacher is as a person. Students will work hard for a teacher they respect, and they will always remember their best teachers as the one who never gave up on them.
“You need one person to believe in you in your entire life, just one. Often, that one person is a teacher.”
|Teacher Top 5 by T. Nick Ip|
Teacher Top 5 profiles twenty-five nationally recognized teachers and their Top 5 strategies for successful teaching. The book includes chapters on teachers who have been recognized as members of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, National Teachers of the Year, State Teachers of the Year, and numerous other awards. Each chapter in the book profiles individual teachers, exploring their backgrounds, their reasons for becoming a teacher, their desire for changes in the educational system, and, of course, their Top 5 recommendations for successful teaching.
The book should serve as a guiding light for young teachers and experienced teachers looking to revitalize their careers. Public education might also be well-served by placing the book in the hands of administrators and policy makers attempting to standardize and centralize how good teaching is measured.
Standardization and centralization often strangle the creativity and innovation that allows good teaching to thrive. Standardization and centralization are also cutting the heart out of a noble profession.
As Ip’s book makes clear, the nation's best teachers went into the profession for reasons of the heart, and they certainly remain in the profession for reasons of the heart. Policy makers might learn from Ip's book how they can avoid cutting the heart out of teaching.
Ip’s book is accompanied by a website at www.teachertop5.com, which contains information about the teachers profiled in the book. If you are a teacher, you can also share your Top 5 strategies for successful teaching and possibly be featured on the website.
The website also offers a means of purchasing Teacher Top 5. As one of the twenty-five teachers profiled in the book I can send a percentage of the sales price to an organization of my choice.
If you buy the book through my referral, 10% of the sales price will go to the Arts Program at Canutillo ISD in Canutillo, Texas. For your donation to help promote an arts program in public education, you will need to purchase the book from www.teachertop5.com and enter a referral code — JSTT5NM — in the “Notes” section during checkout. (I make no personal profit from sales of the book.)
Teacher Top 5 is also available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon