I have been fortunate to have known many great teachers in my academic, business, and personal areas of life. As a student, and later as a secondary English teacher, I saw many everyday heroes in the trenches with students, handling a myriad of needs, challenges, and issues, laboring often unseen and unnoticed–except by their students.
Changed lives were an everyday occurrence, and parents were grateful. The love of learning was on display every day.
As a teacher, I loved teaching. I still miss the daily interactions with students and other fellow learner-teachers. In this post, I won’t talk about what I don’t miss.
This not only happens in public education. It also happens in corporate America when learning professionals help learners develop their competencies so that they can be successful in their jobs. When one of these learners closes my office door and says, “I need to talk about something,” the real learning often begins, and it is for real. I am honored when learners share like that, and it is a sacred trust.
I have been privileged to be in the presence of some great teachers, who have these qualities:
- A genuine love of learning in their own lives, which they model every day
- A caring spirit for others, demonstrated in how they treat those they teach
- A heart of servant leadership–the willingness to be humble, real, and approachable
- The ability to inspire others to learn, even those that have not been very successful learners
- A genuine joy in the accomplishments and success of their students
What might you add to the list?