Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Effective Teachers

Great teachers can change lives. Teachers are in the unique position to be able to possibly be the only positive impact on a student’s life. While this may or may not be the case for you, it is probably true that one of your teachers has inspired you in some way. If you think about that teacher, there is likely things about them that make them a great teacher. What are they?

Identify your favorite teacher, past or present, and list at least five qualities that make him/her an effective teacher.

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 25th.

27 comments:

  1. My favorite teacher was Mr.Johnson. He wasn’t liked by all his students but in reality most of the ones that didn’t like him were the ones who also didn’t want to work for a good grade. He wouldn’t simply accept the material he was supposed to teach as good enough and often would amend what was said and explain what should be said in more detail. He also included time for us to do interactive activities that helped us fully understand the concepts we were learning, the variety of ways he taught was very helpful. He helped us apply what we were learning to our own lives and encouraged us to use it. He gave us a sense of the field, its past, present, and future directions, and the origins of its concepts so we would understand why the market changes the way it does fully. He also used examples, personal experiences, and analogies to make material not only understandable but memorable telling us about his personal history working for dell, he also would bring in speakers to do this.

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  2. Thinking back my favorite teacher was Mr. Caldwell in 8th grade. He taught English and completely reshaped on who I thought teachers were. First off, he never was dull and completely was able to grab the attention of any student. He taught English which is a very boring subject already, yet he made strategies and lessons to get us invested. Next Caldwell treated us all with respect. Rather than just play the other students and I off as immature eighth graders, he treated us all fairly and respectfully. Mr. Caldwell was also very funny. He knew how to read a room and could easily tell when we all were getting off track or distracted. He would then tell a joke, roast a student (which he was famous for), or make some other funny remark in order to get us focused back on the lesson. Mr. Caldwell was also a very driven teacher. I remember his commitment to his classes. You could easily tell that teaching was his passion and it showed in the way he would teach. Lastly he always had time for us. Teachers in the past for me were just teachers who were their just to teach and then leave for home. Not to say anything bad about my past teachers but you could tell how much Caldwell cared about us, inside and outside of school.

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  3. Madison Meyer
    My favorite teacher I've had was Mrs. Wagner. She was my 7th grade Math teacher and she will always have a place in my heart for her way of teaching and kindness. First, she was so welcoming. She made her classroom feel like home to everyone who entered. It helped a lot when trying to focus on math, while creating a reletionship with her and everyone in the class. Another thing she did was she never raised her voice or was very made it clear she was angry with us. She would help us and broke it down in very easy to understand ways. The third thing she did was she really got to know us. She invested into us personally and made it known she cared for us and had our back with whatever we were going through and made it very easy to talk to her. Forth, she made it very easy to learn about her, she talked to us and was an open book, for the most part, and was very honest about her life as well. Lastly, she respected us and our opinions. If we didnt understand why something was wrong, we talked to her about it and she respected us for what we thought.

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  4. Celicia Creswell
    My favorite teacher is Mr.Limon. I've been in his calls Ballet Folklorico since my freshman year. He always is there for you and listens to your problems or just when you need someone to talk to. Not only that but he is very respectful to his students, although he may not like some of your choices but he will still respect you as a problem. Anther thing is that he never gives up on us especially when it comes to our grades because he just wants us to pass so that we can perform. Forth, he has patience like if we need help with a step hes there and won't give up even if you want to but he takes as much time as you need so that you can learn the step correctly. Last but not least he treats us all equal, like he never has his favorites no matter how bad you are. He still will treat you the same.

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  5. Savannah Wilder
    My favorite teacher was Ms.Norris. I was one of the classes she had her first year teaching so she was new to the whole thing. I almost liked that more because there were no stereotypes going in. She was always able to explain our tasks in an efficient yet helpful way. I was never confused in her class. She also would listen to the kids. She always asked us questions about ourselves because she genuinely wanted to know. She even taught me how to do calligraphy because I showed interest. She never gave you busy work and she always found a new way to introduce topics. She was never disrespectful even if a student was to her. She also treated everyone the same which I loved. She is just someone I hope to be like someday.

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  6. My favorite teacher was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Bennett. She was patient with me whenever I would go to tutorials for math (I was SO bad at math) and it meant a lot because the year before my teacher pushed me off to the side and kind of forgot about me. Mrs. Bennett was sweet to everyone, very welcoming, loving, and she was SO funny. We always had the best laughs in that class! Her energy made every day feel like an adventure and I wish I could go back and sit in her class one more time to be reminded of that feeling. She was amazing at engaging all of us into the lesson no matter how much we didn't want to or thought it was boring. She had the ability to create connections with every single one of us in that class and that is something truly difficult to do. I miss her so much but I'm so glad I got the opportunity to be apart of that magnificent class.

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  7. My favorite teacher was my 4th grade teacher Mrs.Page. She always pushed me to work hard and be creative. She went out of her way all the time just for me to understand whatever we were doing at the time. Mrs.Page was really understanding and was easy to talk to about anything. She also made learning fun and had fun activities to go along with the lesson.

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  8. My favorite teacher was my 8th grade algebra teacher, Mr. Lee. He always made sure to interact with his students as much as he could, which made him a good teacher because he got to understand the way each of us learned. Also, he always encouraged me to do my best and to work hard. Mr. Lee always made learning so fun and easy to understand. He always had positive energy, and our class as a whole always got along, and a lot of us were friends and comfortable around each other. Along with all these positive aspects, Mr. Lee also was a role model for us. He taught us about respect, with adults and other students, and gave us advice whenever we needed it whether it be for in school, or for outside of school.

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  9. Teresa Avogaro
    I have two favorite teachers. One of them was Mrs. Walker, my eighth grade science teacher. In eighth grade, I went through a really hard time, and not only was she a teacher, but she was a mentor and a role model. When I had nobody to sit with at lunch, she opened up her classroom to me to eat lunch in there with her. She made her room a safe space and accepted everyone. She adapts to change well, and she sets clear guidelines that helped to structure the class well. She made science fun, and cared about me beyond the classroom. My other favorite teacher is my PALS teacher, Ms. Jones. Ms Jones is like my school mom. She is one of my greatest mentors and one of the most empathetic people I have ever met in my life. Her classroom is such a safe environment, and she greets everyone with the biggest smile that is warm and welcoming. She makes being there fun, and she is real and authentic with every one of her students. She has taught me SO many things I will take beyond the classroom and that is something I respect and love about her the most.

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  10. My favorite teacher has been my english teacher this year, Ms. Ashton. She started the year by saying, “if you can’t complete the homework or task please let me know and be honest and we can work something out.” Just by the first day of class you can tell she cares about you and if you are honest with her, she can help. She has taught me to be a very critical reader and writer which I have never been very good at. She tells you her honest opinion and helps, not just shuts you down about your work. She is understanding and supports your topic whatever it may be—and trust me, she has had many opportunities to shut me down because I know we don’t agree on certain views but she still helps you nonetheless. She’s a college professor too, so she lets us know lots of things in how to prepare for college. I respect her and will definitely miss having her as a teacher next year.

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  11. My favorite teacher is my English teacher, Ms. Spinn. She is a really great teacher for many reasons. First off, she understands that students have lives outside of school, and is very flexible and quick to find ways to accommodate if you miss class for extra-curricular activities or something else. Ms. Spinn also always makes sure you are prepared in class by providing you with everything you need to know for the class, as well as all the resources needed to be successful. I have been fortunate to have had Ms. Spinn the past two years, but she treats every student the same and gives them an equal opportunity to be successful. She is also a very understanding person, and if you don't understand something she will go over it again or work with you one-on-one to ensure make sure you're getting it. Lastly, Ms. Spinn is a very easygoing person and makes the environment in her classroom very welcoming, stress-free, and friendly. When students feel safe and welcome in their class, they are able to be more successful and enjoy the class more.

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  12. My favorite teacher was my Human Geography teacher, Ms. Ferguson. She was a wonderful teacher for numerous reasons. Ms. Ferguson was always kind and helpful. Whenever I went into tutorials, she always helped me to understand the concepts better. I was always prepared for her class, because she gave us all the materials necessary. She was always made sure all of her students were ready to succeed and do wonderfully in her class. Her classroom was very warm and inviting; I always felt comfortable in her classroom and that, overall, helped me to become more successful in her class. Ms. Ferguson really cared about what she was teaching which made the class more interesting and enjoyable. Due to the fact that she enjoyed what she was teaching, I was able to understand concepts faster and succeed. Finally, she treated all of her students with respect and expected the best from everyone. This helped to make her students want to succeed.

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  13. Tori Azuara
    My favorite was my Dyslexia specialist teacher, Mrs.Graves. She was the sweetest and most patient teacher i have ever had. She taught me life skills that have got me though all these years of school. In her room, i never felt different or a burden. Mrs.Graves made sure everyone left loved, accepted, and supported. She also knew how to make something tough, and sometimes frustrating, super fun. We always worked for stickers or toys and had some super fun activities to help us learn learning strategies. One time, we even made songs to help us words and i still remember it! She knew exactly how to adapt to each students needs and would do anything for one of her students to succeed.

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  14. Natalie Neidig
    My absolute favorite teacher was my Psychology teacher last year, Mrs. Ward. All of my siblings had her and they had nothing but nice things to say about her and so I was already excited to have her before starting her class. Another thing I really admired about her is that she really cares about if we learned and understood the content, not just memorized certain facts for the AP test. She also wanted to know which way we learned the best or what activities we enjoyed the most. She would always want our feedback on everything, which I really liked. She also cared about her students, she wanted to know how we were doing. To go along with her having all of my siblings, she was always up to date with them, because she was friends with them on Facebook, but she would always talk about it with me and I thought that was fun. By doing all of these things, she got my full respect, which helped a lot because it made me want to learn Psychology. Overall, she did a lot of things in her class throughout the year that I want to use in my class in the future.

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  15. Andrea Arzabala
    My favorite teacher is my Spanish teacher from last year, Ms. Jordan. I didn't have her the first week of school, yet the moment I came in she was really really sweet. She got me caught up quickly, and even excused me from doing the project that was due on my first day in her class. Throughout the year, she took us on field trips, had class outside, and even made us pancakes. Overall, it was evident she really cares about all of her students. Even now that I don't have her as my Spanish teacher, I go into her class often (also because that's where my internship is), and she's always the nicest. In my opinion, the fact that she's really caring is what really makes students respect her. She's always willing to help every students that is willing to work hard, which is also a quality that an effective teacher has. Not only that, but she always have water bottles for her students to take, and she makes them pancakes in class, which shows how genuine her love for her students is, making her an effective teacher. In class, she provides the students with lots of practice and opportunities for them to ask questions. Not only that, but she shares the majority of the vocabulary quizlets with her students so they can practice as much as they need. These are all in my opinion traits of an effective teacher.

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  16. My favorite teacher is my 6th grade science teacher, Mrs. White. She was really passionate about what she taught, some teachers just teach as a job but she cared about teaching. She cared about each and every student and did everything she could to ensure their success. She adapted to each students needs and she worked hard to make every concept easy to understand. She was also was always there to help in any way possible and always there to talk or support her students in any way.

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  17. Allison Garcia
    My favorite teacher is my spanish teacher from last year, Ms.Chambers. First walking in, her classroom was very welcoming and comfortable. It helped me a lot when doing work and focused on the lesson. Also she is very passionate about what she teaches. She always make it her goal to teach the subject, the easiest way possible. She never runs out of energy and is fully engaged when teaching us. Another thing is she understands that students have lives outside of school. So if you miss class, she very quick to let you know what you missed. Also she is always there for you when you need someone to talk. She pushed me to be my very best. Lastly, she helped prepare me for spanish 3 and encouraged me to take it. Overall, she is an amazing and chill teacher!

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  18. My favorite teacher was my Pre-AP English teacher from last year, Mr.Howell. He is my favorite teacher because the moment I stepped into his room on the first day he was very open and welcoming making sure everyone felt comfortable, second he understood we're sophomores in high school and that life happens outside of school so he was very open to conversation when it was needed or an extended time on a project which was really big for student including me, third he never failed to have an answer and he never refused to help even if it was the 10th time a question was asked he was right there making sure I understood the project or assignment I was working on, fourth he was hands on when teaching he wanted everything we learned to be learned in a way we would remember and enjoy because English can be very boring at times, lastly his passion for teaching English he wanted us to love English at least a little bit and when a teacher is excited and passionate about what they are doing like Mr.Howell was it rubs off on their students meaning we're more engaged and open to learning new things. Overall I loved English that year!

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  19. My favorite teacher is my algebra 2 teacher this year, Ms. Habetz. She always tells her students the story of how she came to teacher which is so inspiring. She went to A&M and got her degree in physics. With her degree, she got a job right out of college earning 130k+ a year (she won't tell us the exact amount). I'm not exactly sure what her job consisted of but it was something to do with engineering and installing software all over the world and never being home. Although she was earning a ton of money for someone so young, she started to not like the job because she didn't have a steady home and her health started to get bad because of all the traveling. She was unhappy with her job, so she quit and somehow got into teaching. She always tells us that no matter how much money you're making, you should always be happy with your job. Her love and passion for teaching is so big that she would rather be a teacher and be making way less money than before, than be unhappy with her job. She is so outgoing and caring. She try's to connect with every one of her students, and doesn't stop the lesson until every student understands it. She is such a great role model and I hope to be half the teacher she is someday.

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  20. Hailey Quick
    My favoirte teacher ever was Mrs.Williamson. She was my 8th grade science teacher and she helped me so much. It was a very akward time from changing hormonues and growing up, but on top of everything I was struggling to cope with meeting some of my many siblings for the first time. She would listen to my concerns and issues that was I having. I am very bad at sharing my personal feelings, but I felt as though she truly cared and wanted to listen. She would also always have snacks for whoever needed them. Granted she would put a limit on how many snacks some one could have, but she knew it was imporntant that we needed to be fed to learn. She would also have random dance parties in her class whenever she felt we were being to sleepy or sitting for to long. This helped us regain some focus on the subject. I have serve dyslexia, which does not work in your favor when you are at a very competitive middle school. Middle school is where a lot of my self-esteem issues have come from, but I believe she softened the blow. She would always attempt to help me on my homework regardless of the subject. She would host tutorials, but for varoius subjects or “free tutorials” where we could get help. She truly cared about the students which was wonderful and perosnally helped me in so many ways.

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  21. Maddison Labrie
    My favorite teacher ever was Mrs.Carson who was my 3rd grade teacher. She was able to make me feel comfortable to talk in class because she knew how shy I was. Also she made the boys who were making fun of me stop for good. At the time she took the kids who were struggling in each subject aside and had a mini tutorials during class. Mrs.Carson would be there at 7 am to however late you needed her to stay for tutorials. There were a handful of kids who had special accommodations, so she made them all their own assignment based on their accommodation. She made sure to make all the students feel safe in her classroom. To help the students learn, Mrs.Carson had all of the kids working at their own pace and be able to turn in papers when they finished them. This helped her because some of the students couldn't turn in their work, so she let them turn it in whenever based on accommodations.

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  22. My favorite teacher was Mrs.Flynn. She no longer works here but she was the best practical writing teacher ever. She was understanding, a great listener, always there for me, helped me past the english staar test, and she was just an awesome person.

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  23. My favorite teacher was Mr. Fergision who was my 8th grade history teacher. He made every student including me believe in theirsleves if they felt like giving up. He help tutorials to help students be successful. He cared for all his students and built a professional relationship with every students to build trust between him and his students. He was patient as well and always tried walking me through specific things I didn't understand. When I was having a bad week he would be understanding and let me put my head down or step out in the hallway if I needed too. Overall Mr.Fergision was a good teacher and made a huge impact on me and my decision to go into the teaching field.

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  24. Micah Moore
    My favorite teacher was Mrs.O my algebra teacher my freshmen year. she was very good at teaching and explaining things. She took her time to fully explain things and especially since it was a math class i feel like that is very important. She was good at displaying things for different learning styles.She also gave us brain brakes which was nice because going 50 minutes learning math is just a lot.

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    1. A teacher that truly inspired me to become a teacher is Mr.Gustafson. He was my 6th grade science teacher and is now my current forensic science teacher. When I was in 6th grade, I was asked if it was okay if this student, named Clay who had a disability and was part of inclusion, could sit next to me and work. I rose to the occasion immediately and said that of course he could sit next to me. After a couple of weeks of Clay sitting next to me, Mr. Gustafson started to see an improvement in Clay's grades in his class. Mr. Gustafson pulled me out of class one day and told me that he had noticed me guiding Clay through his studies and how immediately Clay's grades had gotten better because I was further explaining and simplifing the work to where he could improve and thrive. Later that day, my mom got an email saying how much of an amazing teacher I was and how much spirit he saw in me. To this day, that email still warms my heart and inspires me to push forward in the teaching field.

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