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3 Things Great Teachers Do Differently

Every building has them.  The superstar teachers that students love and respect.  The ones that think outside the box on a daily basis and make learning fun for everyone.


Great teachers, however, don’t just walk through the door and make magic happen. They are the ones who are willing to do the little things necessary to make sure the big things occur. They are the ones who look for results rather than recognition, and they are the ones who do what it takes to make students feel loved.

Great teachers come in all different shapes and sizes. They have different teaching styles and personalities,  but they all tend to have some common practices that make them stand out.

3 Things Great Teachers Do Differently

Great Teachers Go Beyond the Contract

We all know teachers who are more concerned with what they are required to do instead of what needs to get done.  They are the ones who use the contract as an excuse to not do their job well.  They find loopholes that allow them to teach less and complain more. We all have come across them in our careers, and it seems as though they have forgotten WHY they got into teaching in the first place.

Great teachers, however, do more than they are paid to do.  They look forward to each day and it shows.  Even when things aren’t going well, great teachers put their students first and do everything in their power to make sure the class is cared for.  They do not watch the clock, waiting for the day to end.  Instead, they often find that there just isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish all that they want to do for their students. These are the teachers that students remember forever. 

[shareable cite=”Chuck Poole”]Students very rarely are impacted by the content you taught or the curriculum you covered, but rather their lives are changed when you make them feel that they matter. [/shareable]

Great Teachers Exceed the Need

We all can probably think back in our lives and remember a teacher who just did not seem to care.  The one who refused to help you in any way, and who made you feel like you were a nuisance.  I can personally remember a few teachers like this and I remember that those were the classes that I dreaded more than anything else in school.  If we treat our students as if their questions don’t matter and their ideas are a waste of time, we will squelch any hope of positivity we could have brought to them in the first place.

Great teachers, however, help more than expected. They go beyond what the students need, and they give them more than they ask for. They embrace student questioning, enhance learning and inspire students everyday.  When a student has an idea to make learning better, they give them the opportunity to carry it out.  A teacher that exceeds the needs of their students will provide an environment where the ones doing the learning are the ones who have the loudest voice.  They will create an atmosphere of trust and vulnerability in order to help students succeed and thrive.

[shareable cite=”Chuck Poole”]Students need teachers who give them more than they ask for in order to accomplish more than they ever thought they could.[/shareable]

Great Teachers Refuse Temptation

In our classrooms today we are constantly connected.  Just about every teacher and student in our schools have some sort of device that allows them to be connected 24 hours a day.  Although there are many positives to this phenomena, there are also negatives as well.  As teachers, we must resist the temptation to become distracted by the things we have in front of us that waste our time.  We owe it to our students to give them one hundred percent of our attention when they are in our care.

Great teachers choose to avoid the temptation of wasting time. They are not checking their email during class time or text messaging while students are completing assignments.  Even though it has become part of our culture to multitask, the message we send to our students is that they are not the most important people in the room.  Great teachers refuse to give into this temptation, and instead are able to give students the best gift they can ever give… their time. 

[shareable cite=”Chuck Poole”]Students need to know that they have all of your attention in order to give you all of theirs.[/shareable]

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