What is a Teacher?

Teachers are more than the subjects they teach! Just follow the ABC's...

 

  • Actor. You prepare for each class as if it were a command performance.
  • Builder. You build in the wonder and the fascination to inspire tomorrow's teachers, politicians, and parents.
  • Caretaker and caregiver. Many students excel because a special person helped them along the way: a teacher.
  • Director. You're in charge of your classroom.
  • Enforcer. You enforce the classroom rules.
  • Fighter. Sometimes you have to take a stand for what you believe is best for a child.
  • Giver. You give of your time and of yourself—in and out of the classroom.
  • Helper. Perhaps the most important help you give is helping students learn to help themselves.
  • Instructor. Truly, this is the heart of teaching.
  • Joiner. You need a support network, so you reach out to colleagues.
  • Keeper. You keep track of attendance, grades, permission slips, line leaders, library books, mittens, and much more!
  • Listener. Every day you listen to your students to find out what their interests are. Then you build these into your lessons.
  • Magician. As you teach students to read, write, calculate, and investigate, you unlock the magic for them.
  • Nurturer. You care for your students like you would care for blooming flowers.
  • Optimist. You see the good things happening in schools.
  • Psychologist. You're a keen observer of kids.
  • Questioner. You ask your students thought-provoking questions; then you guide them in searching out the answer.
  • Role model. You let your students know that you care and that you believe in them.
  • Strategist. A well-planned lesson helps you get your students' attention—and keep it.
  • Tutor. You give your students individual attention whenever you can. You also find times when they can tutor each other.
  • Umpire. You're fair, firm, and consistent.
  • Victor. You celebrate your teaching victories, and you congratulate your colleagues on their successes too.
  • Writer. When you have an activity or a project that works well, you write it up and submit it to a teaching magazine!
  • Xerox specialist. Who else can unjam paper?
  • Yourself. Your students know and love you as a person.
  • Zealot. You do your job with enthusiasm and energy—it's the most important job in the world!