Define an "effective" Teacher?

Define an "effective" Teacher?

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#1 Mar 23, 2012
Define "effective teacher".

I've worked as a teacher in the VCSC for 10 years now and am amazed at people's definition of this term.

Just curious as to the public's definition of an effective teacher... Or what makes
a teacher effective? Highly qualified?
"Golden Apple Worthy"

I've been nominated 8 of my 10 years for the Golden Apple, but never won.

Does this mean I'm effective/ineffective, or is it completely separate?

I know my answers... What's yours?

Since: Mar 12

Terre Haute, IN

#2 Mar 23, 2012
Anything in this town that you get nominated for it most likely political. It's who you know and/or who you blow around here.

My definition of an effective teacher is one that has a positive effect on children's lives. One that cares and makes an impression on my kids, sets a positive example, shows them what an educated person can do with their life.

My kids have grown up in the VCSC and we've had good and bad teachers, the worst ones were the ones that made my children feel bad about themselves, criticized them personally, said things like "you didn't even try!" any my child was crying because they really did try their best, etc... I know people are only human, even teachers have bad days.

It's definately completely separate - the reward is all of the smiling faces that look forward to attending your class every day!

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#3 Mar 23, 2012
LAanonymous wrote:
Anything in this town that you get nominated for it most likely political. It's who you know and/or who you blow around here.

My definition of an effective teacher is one that has a positive effect on children's lives. One that cares and makes an impression on my kids, sets a positive example, shows them what an educated person can do with their life.

My kids have grown up in the VCSC and we've had good and bad teachers, the worst ones were the ones that made my children feel bad about themselves, criticized them personally, said things like "you didn't even try!" any my child was crying because they really did try their best, etc... I know people are only human, even teachers have bad days.

It's definately completely separate - the reward is all of the smiling faces that look forward to attending your class every day!
GREAT points, LAanonymous. I agree- it's all about who you know... And who knows you.

I certainly try my best to form a special bond with each of my students... To show them that I truly do care for them. Sure, I want them to grasp the concepts being taught in my class... But leaving my class with:
-higher self esteem
-better work-study-habits
-more respect for themselves, peers, teachers and parents
-a strive to be better, all around, today than they were yesterday... And to be better tomorrow than they are today.

My philosophy in education is rather simple- Be firm, be fair, be fun.

-I have I expectations... And I'm firm with my follow-up when my students don't meet my expectations.

-fair doesn't mean everyone gets the same assignments or treatment--- it means they get what they need.(a doctor wouldn't give a band-aid for every patient, regardless of ther condition.

-we have A LOT of fun in my classroom... Life is too short to miss out on the joy of laughter.

“The Ministry of Information”

Since: Jan 12

Terre Haute, In

#4 Mar 23, 2012
Lapibajo wrote:
Define "effective teacher".

I've worked as a teacher in the VCSC for 10 years now and am amazed at people's definition of this term.

Just curious as to the public's definition of an effective teacher... Or what makes
a teacher effective? Highly qualified?
"Golden Apple Worthy"

I've been nominated 8 of my 10 years for the Golden Apple, but never won.

Does this mean I'm effective/ineffective, or is it completely separate?

I know my answers... What's yours?
An effective teacher is one who would never teach their students to use quotation marks for "emphasis".

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#5 Mar 23, 2012
Keep Calm and Carry On wrote:
<quoted text>An effective teacher is one who would never teach their students to use quotation marks for "emphasis".
Ha! Well, I guess I'm not an "effective teacher".
For the record, I wanted to express emphasis but can't use bold and/or italics, and found the quotation marks a suitable use.

Besides... I teach "Science", not "Language Arts".

(I'm not suggesting that "proper" grammar isn't "important"... But hopefully, you get the "point".)

“The Ministry of Information”

Since: Jan 12

Terre Haute, In

#6 Mar 23, 2012
Lapibajo wrote:
<quoted text>Ha! Well, I guess I'm not an "effective teacher".
For the record, I wanted to express emphasis but can't use bold and/or italics, and found the quotation marks a suitable use.

Besides... I teach "Science", not "Language Arts".

(I'm not suggesting that "proper" grammar isn't "important"... But hopefully, you get the "point".)
Lol, "nice" response.

Since: Mar 12

Terre Haute, IN

#7 Mar 23, 2012
Keep Calm and Carry On wrote:
<quoted text>
An effective teacher is one who would never teach their students to use quotation marks for "emphasis".
OMG - KCACO you crack me up! I can't help but "like" you.

I think you are putting the wrong emphAsis on the wrong syllAble on this one.

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#8 Mar 23, 2012
Keep Calm and Carry On wrote:
<quoted text>Lol, "nice" response.
:-)

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#9 Mar 23, 2012
LAanonymous wrote:
Anything in this town that you get nominated for it most likely political. It's who you know and/or who you blow around here.

My definition of an effective teacher is one that has a positive effect on children's lives. One that cares and makes an impression on my kids, sets a positive example, shows them what an educated person can do with their life.

My kids have grown up in the VCSC and we've had good and bad teachers, the worst ones were the ones that made my children feel bad about themselves, criticized them personally, said things like "you didn't even try!" any my child was crying because they really did try their best, etc... I know people are only human, even teachers have bad days.

It's definately completely separate - the reward is all of the smiling faces that look forward to attending your class every day!
ha! "who you know and who you blow"

Sad, but true.

I'm not on either end of that party. I guess that's why I haven't won.

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