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[INFOGRAPHIC] What Makes A Good Teacher In 2016?

June 17, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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According to ITN Mark Education, there are 7 key components of a good teacher.

  1. Love of the subject
  2. Stress Management
  3. Complete control
  4. Organization
  5. Professional behavior
  6. Expert instructional methods
  7. Praise

It’s interesting that through the years, I have written about each of these concepts on this blog. Below are links to a few articles with a brief quote from that article.

  1. From Burnout To Ignited Passion: How Blogging, Information Overload, and Running Made Me A Better Teacher

    So I have to get back to me being me. I inspire people simply by being me. You do too. But do yourself and me and everyone else a favor and go out there to be the most awesome, amazing, passionate version of you


Should Teachers Provide Great Customer Service?

June 16, 2016 Joel Wagner 1
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This is an updated version of one of the first articles written on this blog about treating education as a part of the customer service industry. The article was originally posted on February 24, 2007. It was edited and updated on June 15, 2016 to reflect a maturation in my approach to teaching as well as writing. You can read the original along with a handful of comments here.

In the beginning

When I was in college, I was assigned for one of my classes to write out own philosophy of education. It was somewhat noble (“I teach children to be better people through music” or something like that). It was substantially trite. Most importantly, it lacked any passion and ...

A Step-By-Step Framework for Incremental Growth

June 14, 2016 Joel Wagner 1
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I want you to watch the first 3:40 of this TED Talk by Benjamin Zander

Notice the Dramatic change in the piano player from 7 years old to 11 years. Huge difference. But from 8 to 10, there is seemingly no change. What’s happening is incremental change. Each year, the child improves dramatically, but it is not always evident, until BAM, it all seems to fall into place. Michael Hyatt writes about The Power of Incremental Change Over Time on his blog:

I am not opposed to massive action. I have used it myself to achieve certain results. But it causes most people give up before they ever start. They just don’t think they can make the investment…What these ...

Quitting Teaching, A View From A Former Teacher

June 13, 2016 Lucas Allen 0
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This is a guest article by Lucas Allen, a former math educator from Illinois.

Why I Left
About 18 months ago, I quit teaching for a job in the corporate world. This wasn’t a decision I made lightly. I had been a high school mathematics teacher at a couple of different schools in downstate Illinois over the course of 13 years. Lest you think I was longtime disgruntled employee of the public school system, let me assure you that was not the case.

Over the years, I had thrown myself into numerous school activities, coaching the chess team, the volleyball team, and my favorite, the math team, eventually coaching my team to the 2012 Illinois 2A math team state title. ...

Weekend Reading 6/11/16

June 11, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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Over the past two weeks, I have jumped back into blogging. This week, I jumped back into Twitter (follow @sywtt). There’s some great stuff going on out there in the world of education blogging. Here is a summary of what I found and shared this week.

  • Response: Blended Learning Is ‘the Next Generation of Education’
  • 41 Books Worth Reading
  • What Makes a Good Teacher?
  • 36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life
  • Blooming teachers
  • ‘Being a “sergeant major” teacher has been my most effective behaviour-management strategy
  • 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around
  • “What Is My Job, Anyway?” Teacher Hindsight From a Multi-Classroom Leader
  • Is your school’s “digital citizenship” practice a pass
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