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Sep 26

Great Teachers Values



Great Teachers and 13 Classroom Values


Great Teachers

~ Make you feel special

~ Teach you how to learn

~ Inspire you with their passion

~ Engage your whole being

~ Keep you focused

~ Open you up to new experiences

~ Have no agenda

~ Give clear explanations

~ Show you how everything ties together

Can all of these traits be found in one teacher?

Tamim Ansary

13 Classroom Values

Below are thirteen values that might be displayed in various ways in a classroom. In your idea classroom, how would you rank them? Place a 1 next to the quality most in your classroom, a 2 next to the second most important, and so on through 13, which will represent the quality you value least.

After finishing, sit back and analysis your class today in relation to your numerical ratings of the 13 values. Do the values align with your practices in today’s class?

________ Orderliness

________ Freedom

________ Respect

________ Self-direction

________ Privacy

________ Quiet

________ Equality

________ Laughter

________ Love

________ Concentration

________ Fairness

________ Purposefulness

________ Creativity



Welcome back to another school year. I hope your summer was relaxing and invigorating and you are looking forward to the approaching school year and the opportunity to stimulate and challenge your students’ minds.

This summer I was able to study Sir Ken Robinson, a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to governments, non-profits, and education organizations

I, like many people, find his writings and Ted Talks not only witty and inspiring but also thought-provoking and challenging. Much of his work deals with the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. He posits that the noticeable lack of them in our schools negatively affect students’ learning and teachers’ productivity and the absence of them is triggered by the demands of standardized testing.

I hope you find Sir Ken Robinson’s words inspiriting and challenging as I do and be mindful of them as you plan for the new year. Here is to a great 2017-2018 school year!