When your teaching makes a difference

Posted: March 3, 2014 in Education, Innovation, Pedagogy
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I recently read an interesting article on the topic of signs that a teacher is making a difference. As I read the article I was struck at how much I agreed with the points raised and how I have often been rendered speechless when many of these have happened to me. I have extracted the 20 major points raised from the article and re-ordered them below. If you wish to read the original article, which I recommend, please click this link to the original by Saga Briggs.

  1. You’ve let your passions (and interests) show through in your lessons.
  2. Your students are asking questions, not just giving answers. (This is the reward of creating curiosity)
  3. You’ve tried new things. (with mixed success)
  4. You’ve improvised. (and taught to suit the change of lesson flow)
  5. Your shy students start participating more often without being prompted. (They come to you with questions and ideas)
  6. You have used your authoritative role for inspiration, not intimidation. (The students feel empowered to share and collaborate)
  7. You have listened as often as you have lectured. Another lesson in authority. (An important element of Academic Care)
  8. You’ve been told by a student that, because of something you showed them, they enjoy learning outside of class (and looked up their own interests and shared them with you).
  9. A student you’ve encouraged creates something new with her talents. (Then they share it with you)
  10. You have taken a personal interest in your students. (More Academic Care)
  11. You’ve made your students laugh. (This should go for your colleagues too)
  12. You have cared–and shown that you cared. (Students appreciate a teacher being human. This is important when considering the practice of Academic Care)
  13. Your student asks you for a letter of reference. (For more than an application to further study)
  14. You’ve made students understand the personal relevance of what they’re learning. (And helped them to develop a love for how to learn)
  15. You have helped a student choose a career. (well at-least listened to their questions, thoughts, interests and concerns)
  16. One of your students becomes an educator.
  17. A parent approaches you with kind words. (Always floors me as often comes at unexpected times)
  18. Your students visit you when they don’t have to. (Even after a few years out of school)
  19. You can be a mentor when you need to be.
  20. You practice strength and patience. (Arguably the most important life skill for an educator)

There are many more points that I could add to this list. Maybe you add some more of your own?

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