|February 18, 2014, presentation at Blades Hall at the University of Dubuque for pre-service teachers.|
It was a joy to spend 1 1/2 hours with pre-service teachers at the University of Dubuque. The topic was, “Why Teach?” and was focused around the following characteristics of effective teachers:
- Passion – loves to teach;
- Organization – excellent communicator and proactive rather than reactive;
- Content Knowledge – understands the content and knows how to explain it so the students understand it;
- Relationship building – cares about students and challenges them;
- Classroom environment – thinks outside the box;
- Lifelong learner and strives for continuous improvement.
Additional advice included:
- Never stop learning!
- Develop a support system!
- Sharpen your skills!
- Stay focused!
- Take joy in what you do!
- Eat healthy and exercise!
We looked at HOT BUTTONS in today’s education world:
- Common Core
- Performance-based evaluations
- Early Literacy – Third Grade Retention
Those in education are reminded:
- We are letters to our students written not on tablets of stone but on human hearts.
- As educators, we do not merely fill a bucket but we kindle a fire.
The evening finished with the following story about “Anthony,” as they were reminded that sometimes we learn more from our mistakes than from our successes. I won’t go into detail here, but it is a great true story!