Comments on: 10 More Things That Separate Great Teachers from Good Teachers Education on the Edge Thu, 23 Jan 2020 02:38:47 +0000 hourly 1 By: jenmarten Thu, 15 May 2014 00:21:09 +0000 markbarnes19 I would agree, but I know others view those absolutes differently (just finished reading Schiro’s work on curriculum theory).  

I think memorization for the sake of memorization is wrong (had to learn all 88 counties of Ohio and the 14 townships in my county in 7th grade – totally useless), but there are things you need to know as background or scaffolding. A great teacher knows how to develop a relationship with students so that they understand the why of the memorization.
For me, the one thing that separates good and great is relationships. Every great teacher I have ever had built relationships with students and peers.

By: markbarnes19 Wed, 14 May 2014 23:55:41 +0000 jenmarten  You make some valid points. I’m not a fan of the word “authority” either. I also agree with your take on words like “every” and “always.” Having said that, there are some things in education that I believe are always right or always wrong. For example, traditional, rote memory homework is always wrong, and making learning a conversation, rather than something to be measured is always right.

Thanks for weighing in on this. I hope you’ll return and comment often.

By: jenmarten Wed, 14 May 2014 23:49:54 +0000 While I appreciate the designation between good and great, I believe this sets teachers to never view themselves as great. 

For example, #1, that sounds noble, but reality is you cannot control the behaviors of others. So to say that a behavior will only happen once is unrealistic.

And I really dislike #5. As a teacher I am not the definitive authority in the classroom. I believe in a truly great classroom, it is about shared responsibility not authority.

My other concern is the use of words like every and always. Those kind of broad words take  away from the value of the teacher within the classroom. In a persuasive argument, those kind of words tend to weaken the argument.