16 Ways to be a Smarter Teacher

Happy New Year everyone! May 2013 bring you all happiness, good health and lots of fun!

I was cleaning up my computer and my emails recently and came across this article my cousin (who works in the business world) had emailed me and enjoyed taking the opportunity to read through it again! It is related to the business world, but shows the teaching implication in any area! (I also think great teachers could be anything they wanted in any occupation).

16 Way to be a Smarter Teacher
If you have the time to read it, I suggest you give yourself some time to read, reflect and make a few notes, otherwise, here is a sneak preview.

1. It's not about you: it's about them
2. Study your students
3. Student's take risks when teachers create safe environments
4. Great teachers exude passion as well as purpose
5. Students learn when teachers show them how much they need to learn
6. Keep it clear, even when you can't keep it simple

And it continues for another 10 statements......

For some of us, this makes perfect sense; for some of us, starting in teaching, we may not have learnt it yet, and others may just need a reminder....

Happy reading everyone!


  1. I like this!!! Awesome thoughts to start my new year with. I agree with you about teachers and occupations.

    Crofts' Classroom

  2. I love that this article talks about the fact that it is ok to not know something. I tell my students from the first day that I make a lot of mistakes and I don't know everything NOW. When I first started teaching I tried to pretend I knew it all, and I learned my lesson from that :-)

    Mrs O Knows

    1. Totally agree, so much that we can learn from this too!

  3. An interesting article. Point number 16 - 'Never Stop Teaching' made me consider another idea - 'Never Stop Learning'. We must also continue to grow and learn for our oun professional development as well.

    Diana :)-(

    1. I agree, "teaching and learning" go hand in hand!

  4. So true! From my Reading Recovery training I always remember 'set them up for success'. Scaffolding is so important.

    I saw a poster once that said ~
    A teacher who has stopped learning is like drinking water from a stagnant pond.

    Thanks for a great post, Alison.

    Happy New year
    Classroom Fun

    1. That is a great quote Rhonda! Thanks for sharing!

  5. What an awesome article! I have already forwarded it to a few coworkers. Thanks for sharing!



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