John Hattie mentions an interesting piece of research regarding what characteristics our best teachers have. We have between 40-60 teachers over our years in school. Why do only a small percentage leave a mark?
According to Hattie best teachers;
"Turned students on to the love and challenge of their subject."
"Helped students to have different and better strategies or processes to learn the subject."
"Demonstrated a willingness to explain material and help students with their work."
When I think about my best teachers, they have similar characteristics. The most important thing for me as someone who had a rough child hood, is that they cared and they were interested in me. They didn't make it easy though, they held high expectations regardless of who you were.
Teachers make a difference, some more than others.
What characteristics describe your best teacher?