“The best schools are the ones where administrators create an atmosphere where good teachers can thrive, giving teachers some autonomy and trusting them as professionals to do what’s best for students.”
And that is how I am quoted in the book Teacher Top 5 by Nick Ip. The book profiles teachers from across the nation and includes their Top 5 suggestions for successful teaching. Nick Ip honored me as one of the 25 teachers chosen for the book. (Imagine that!)
In a nutshell, here’s my Top 5 suggestions:
1. Never Enter a Classroom Unprepared.
2. Find a Way to Motivate and Inspire Students.
3. Never Quit Learning and Growing as a Teacher.
4. Bring a Sense of Playfulness into the Classroom.
5. Have Faith in Youth.
The book includes longer explanations of how I describe those Top 5, as well as some information about my career and what inspired me to become a teacher.
In short, I believe that it sometimes matters little to students what subject their we are teaching or how that subject is being taught. However, it will always matter why we are 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.
More information about the book Teacher Top 5 is available at www.teachertop5.com, and the book is available in paperback from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.