January 18th, 2012

Big Damn Heroes

What does it mean to be a great teacher (in 6 words)?

Studentsfirst.org is having an essay contest. A very, very short essay contest. You have until January 27th to enter and prizes are thus: One grand prize winner will be awarded an iPad 2 and a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift certificate. Five finalists will also be awarded a $100 DonorsChoose.org gift certificate.

But I'm more interested in the challenge: Describe what it means to be a great teacher in just six words. (and apparently exactly six words).

Teach according to the students' needs.

Approach each student as an individual.

Understand your subject, then teach it.

Teach beyond your subject; teach learning.

Teach your students to surpass you.

Great teachers share their own curiosity.

Imagination leads, structure guides, knowledge leaps.

Regularly renew your faith in education.

Learn always. Teach along the way.

... How would you describe what it means to be a great teacher in 6 words?