Two salesmen were sent by a well-known shoe manufacturer to a third world country to investigate and report back on market potential.
The first salesman reported back, "There is no potential here - nobody wears shoes."
The second salesman reported back, "There is massive potential here - nobody wears shoes."
Reflecting the attitude of the shoe manufacturer upon reading these two reports, a great teacher isn't really concerned with whether the student wears shoes or not but rather looks for the student's potential.
Your attitude can affect a positive difference in the lives of your students. How do you personally demonstrate one of these five effective-teacher attitudes?
I picked the first bullet to describe what I do to present a positive attitude to my students:
Respect is learned, earned, and returned.
I think I present a positive attitude toward the vast diversity of the students in my school. I sponsor a multi-cultural club that meets regularly and allows students to share the food and stories about their culture. There is no membership just open meetings where students bring a brown bag lunch and we talk. I really listen to their stories and learn a lot about our students. I get to share their joys and sorrows, and I encourage student achievement and leadership in an informal way.
My glass is definitely half full.
These are great ideas! You are wonderful teachers and your students are very lucky to have you.
I taught computer courses for many years and extended the fun of learning new technologies, particularly Thinkfinity interactives to my colleagues. The sessions were never more than 30 minutes and the only criteria for attending was they must bring one of their students. I called these sessions my Rent a Kid classes.
Teacher and student worked together in the lab to learn a couple of new interactives and then went back to their classroom and supported each other as students learned to use the interactive in an activity designed by the teacher. This gave the student, perhaps he wasn't at the top of his class in reading or math, a sense of pride and his ability to help his friends earned him a certain respect.
One teacher took it a step further and posted the names of students on the bulletin board along with the interactive(s), simulation, game they could help others with.
It was a win-win situation for teachers, students, and me.
That is such a phenomenal idea! What a great way to get a student working with the teacher to pass on the knowledge to other students. I definitely try to encourage my students' creativity as much as I can. I am a big fan of the start up platform Kick Starter, and one of my assignments during the year requires my students to find a project they feel passionate about and do a report on the project. Then, they must come up with an idea which they would hypothetically submit to Kick Starter and see the project through. The class then votes on the most well developed project. I think this is really important for the younger generation to start thinking about what their passions are and what they can do about them. So many teenagers don't have a clue what they care about in life. The project is extremely popular with the students.
I also believe in celebrating every student's uniqueness and diversity. Around the holidays, I make each student their own personal card and highlight their accomplishments from the first semester. I use Tiny Prints because of these great holiday photo cards they have. I take a lot of photos throughout the year for the yearbook so I can incorporate photos into the cards and they make a great, encouraging keepsake for the students. What does everyone else do for the holidays? I'm curious because they will be coming up quickly!
I agree with almost all the ideas presented here.
One most important thing we usually forget while teaching is - in order to teach we forget to "listen". Trust me, it would be of great advantage in your learning also once you start "listening" to your students, they can give you something new out of the same paradigm and by doing so you would understand that how the kids feel about the subject and if they don't understand they will let you know by themselves.