Reblogged from nprEd
Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed.
At NPR Ed we’re just about halfway through our 50 Great Teachers project.
We’ve profiled teachers at all levels, in all subjects, from all over the country and overseas too. The series has taken us from rural Drumright, Okla., to a mountaintop in Israel. From a jazz class in New Orleans to a Boy Scout troop in South Central LA to the lost world of ancient Greece.
And so we’ve taken a moment here to pull from those stories some of the thoughts and lessons from those teachers that have stuck with us.
Together, they almost make a mini-guide for teachers.
1. Realize Teaching Is A Learned Skill
“I’m really trying hard to dispel this idea that teaching is this thing you’re born to do and it’s somehow natural to everyday life. I don’t think either of those things is true.”
Deborah Ball, dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan.