10 More Things That Separate Great Teachers from Good Teachers

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Last week, I blogged about 10 Things That Separate Great Teacher from Good Teachers. Based on reader feedback and my own thinking, here are ten more.

1 — Good teachers follow a well thought out classroom management plan with consistent consequences for misbehavior.

Great teachers recognize the key to a successful classroom is to ensure that any misbehavior is not repeated. 

2 — Good teachers follow the rules and never challenge the school’s administrators or policies.
Great teachers take a stand because they value their students above all else. 

3 — Good teachers can feel threatened by students who challenge them.
Great teachers relish the opportunity to teach challenging students.
4 — Good teachers follow the pacing guide and make the subject interesting.
Great teachers are willing to sacrifice one lesson to ensure every lesson is lasting and meaningful to students.
5 — Good teachers work hard to establish a respectful class environment.
Great teachers don’t leave any doubt that they are the class authority.
6 — Good teachers will do something because it’s worked in the past.
Great teachers can explain every decision they’ve made.
7 — Good teachers take pride in their students’ accomplishments. They hate it when students miss their class for a field trip, a sporting event, or because of snow.
Great teachers see beyond their classrooms. They recognize that school is more than just classes.8 — Good teachers do what works.
Great teachers are risk-takers who believe in their own abilities and the abilities of their students. 9 — Good teachers care about each student.
Great teachers essentially live vicariously through their students. Their failures are the teacher’s failures; their successes are the teacher’s successes.

10 — Good teachers know their students’ strengths and weaknesses.
Great teachers have their fingers on the pulse of every student and they adapt and differentiate instruction accordingly.

Thanks to Libbi LaDue and Linda Lee for their ideas: numbers 9 and 10, respectively. 
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