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1.     TOOTHPICK-reminds us to look for the good qualities in our students. You may be the only teacher who says something positive to them that day.

2.     RUBBER BAND-reminds the teacher that they have to be flexible. Things don't always go the way we plan, But flexibility will help to work it out.

3.     BAND AID-reminds the teacher that sometimes we do more than teach, That we help heal hurt feelings, broken dreams, And lend an ear to a problem.

4.     PENCIL-reminds us to be thankful and we should list our blessings daily, But also encourage our students to list their blessings And to be proud of their accomplishments.

5.     ERASER-reminds us to allow students to know we are human And make mistakes just like they do, and it's ok. We must all be able to learn from our mistakes.

6.     CHEWING GUM-reminds us to stick with it And encourage our students to do like wise. Even the impossible task or assignment can be accomplished By sticking to it.

7.     MINT-reminds us and our students we are worth a mint. (We may not be paid a mint, but are worth one.)

8.     CANDY KISS-reminds us that everyone needs a hug, Kiss, or warm fuzzy everyday. (All teachers, students, parents, and even administrators)

9.     TEA BAG-reminds us we need time to relax, Go over our blessing, and take time for others. Family, husbands, wives, friends, children need quality time together.





1.     They get to know each child.   Every student is genuinely unique. They are treated with respect. Each student is an individual and are taught in that manner. 

2.     They carry a positive attitude. These are the teachers that show up to class early, are prepared and eager to begin the next learning session. They are positive in their approach and teaching methods. They creatively introduce topics that encourage student interest. They inspire students by giving them hope, encouragement and a sense of identity in this world.

3.     They love to learn. A really great teacher knows that learning is a lifelong process and is eager to acquire new knowledge. These teachers encourage others to seek information and become excited about learning. They see learning as a creative adventure and teaching as a natural outcome of wanting to share their newly gained knowledge.

4.     They understand the importance of the basics. Great teachers also know that some of the best lessons learned are from hands on experiences. They give way to technical advances and let the students learn by doing. They are able to bring the basic concepts of education back into the learning process. They also realize that students learn best by experiencing life itself.







Keys to Becoming a Good Teacher

v  Good Teachers Take Time to Reflect

                  One of the best things good teachers do is regularly reflect on their teaching and managing skills. After giving a lesson, the teacher will sit down and look back over it to determine what worked and what did not. She will then make adjustments to improve.  A good teacher will also take time to look at the big picture. This means spending some time figuring out what her goal is for the class and the progress they are making toward that goal. 

v  Use Many Different Modes of Teaching

                  A good teacher does not have just one way of teaching. Students all learn differently and the most effective way to reach all of them is to teach content matter using varying modes and styles of instruction. Some of these may include small group sessions, whole group instruction or individual work. It could also be varied by using books, songs, dance, or anything else creative that will help students learn to their fullest potential.

v  Good Teachers Can Accept Criticism and Praise

                  Good teachers know that they do not have all the answers. If another teacher or administrator makes a recommendation or criticism, the teacher does not see it as a personal attack, but rather an opportunity to reflect on that practice and make adjustments as necessary. The teacher will also graciously accept praise and also offer praise whenever it is merited.

v  The Best Teachers Don't give up

                  A good teacher never gives up. Giving up on the students guarantees that they will not succeed. By pushing through the tough or even impossible times, a good teacher will help her students overcome the obstacles they are facing and show them that perseverance pays off. A teacher who gives up only shows students that failure is an option and it is not necessary to try one’s best.


Starkey gives a list of what makes a great teacher.

v  Sense of humor. If a student says something funny, it is okay to laugh.

v  Is intuitive. Sometimes, a teacher can’t explain "how" they know, they just know.

v  Knows subject matter. No one can effectively teach something they do not know.

v  Listens well. Each student is an individual.

v  Is articulate. Model articulate oral language.

v  Has an obsessive/compulsive side. Attention to detail is important.

v  Can be subversive. Buck the system if necessary and challenge the status quo.

v  Is arrogant enough to be fearless. Students need teachers to be strong.

v  Has a performer’s instincts.

v  Is a real taskmaster. Teachers need to hold students accountable and help them be responsible.












Teaching Methods in the Preschool Classroom

q  Teacher-directed (or "teacher-lead"):

                  telling children what they need to know through lectures, readings, chalkboard displays or other methods; The teacher-directed method is that of "expert": let me teach you what I know.

q  Student-discovery (or "choice," "free play" or "play based"):

  providing appropriate materials, perhaps with guiding questions or built-in goals, that allow children to figure out new knowledge for themselves, often in activities of their own choosing The student discovery method is one more akin to "coach": let me use what I know - by providing the right materials and coaching you when you get stuck - to stimulate and motivate you to learn for yourself.

                  Student-discovery in the preschool years greatly improves long-term social outcomes for children as adults.

q  A mixed approach.

                  A mixed approach is superior to the extremes for combined cognitive and social outcomes with a broad range of children of differing capabilities. If you value an extreme approach, consider whether or not it is in conflict with your child's individual learning needs



13 Performance Measures…

q  Communicates ideas effectively.

q  Comes to class prepared.

q  Gives students the 3-hour contact time.

q  Presents subject  matter and handles class session in an organized manner.

q   Shows mastery of the subject.

q  Is up-to-date with new advances in the field.

q  Provides an interesting and stimulating class atmosphere.

q  Sensitive to students’ needs and sentiments in the course.

q  Respects students as evident in the way he/she deals with them.

q  Serves as a good role model of a person.


“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi


v  Great teachers are great learners, not imparters-of-knowledge.

v   Great teachers ask great questions-- that launch kids on lifelong quests.

v  Education must “educate” for an unknowable, ambiguous, changing future.

v  Learning to learn and change is far more important than mastery of a static body of “facts.”



My “educators’ ” secrets:

They made me fall in love. They helped me figure out who I was.

 Tom Peters




q  to sing the A-Z Phonics songs pointing to the pictures

q   to say the correct sound for each letter without looking looking at the A-Z phonics song cards

q   to write the letters A-Z using correct letter formation

q   to match letters with key phonics pictures

q   to reinforce short vowel sounds

q  to slide together ( blend) letter sounds to make beginnings of words


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