Teaching, Greatest Act of Optimism

Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it is critical to pay close attention to how we train and support both new and experienced educators.

When it comes to teaching, reading a book is not enough. Even hearing teachers talk about teaching methods is not enough. New teachers need practice teaching combined with effective mentoring in order to help them understand what is required from them in their new position. This happens through student teaching in the classroom setting. However, it is imperative that student teachers are placed in appropriate classes that meet their interests. Further, the supervising teacher must be involved and provide feedback each day to help student teachers learn. Students start by observing and assisting the cooperating teacher then at some point they take over planning and delivering lessons. How long they get to do this varies depending on what the cooperating teacher decides and the college's requirements.

Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.                              Henry Brooks Adams


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