Many of us have stories of teachers who made a difference in our lives. Who was your favourite teacher? What teacher or teachers do you remember and do they stay with you?
I will never forget Miss Campbell, Mrs. McCalister, Mr. Maxwell, Mr. Pfaff and so many other teachers who had a huge impact on my life. So what makes a teacher a great teacher? Click on “comment” in the Voice Thread below and add your response using text, audio, and/or video.
Great teachers are professionals who put their students first before anything else. They are passionate about teaching and learning and never stop caring. Teachers are great because they not only work within the school system, but go beyond.
Are Great Teachers Fleeing the Professsion?
Rafe Esquire explains why many great teachers are fleeing the profession.
There are many teachers who do amazing things around the globe. One such teacher is Rafe Esquith.
Rafe Esquith has been teaching for 31 years, the last 28 at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Los Angeles. Despite language barriers and poverty, Rafe’s students go on to attend the finest colleges in the world.
Among Esquith’s numerous awards are The Disney American Teacher Award, Parents Magazine’s As You Grow Award, and Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award. Queen Elizabeth invested Rafe as a Member of the British Empire. In 2003, the President presented Rafe the National Medal of Arts. Rafe is the only teacher in history to receive this honor. He was recently given The Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama.
Esquith’s latest book, ‘Real Talk for Real Teachers’, is a national bestseller. ‘Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire’, a NY Times Bestseller has been translated into other languages all over the world. His earlier work, ‘There Are No Shortcuts’, led to the filming of the Award Winning PBS documentary, The Hobart Shakespeareans.
Conversation with Rafe Esquith
Good teachers are becoming an endangered species. The System has taken away a teacher’s ability to create and make decisions in their own classrooms. The Common Core and other Orwellian nightmares have driven some of our finest educators out of the profession after years of dedicated and effective service.
This conversation will focus on how good teachers can continue to do a good job and have fun in spite of The System, and not because of it. Although he has been honored by Two Presidents, The Queen, and the Dalai Lama, the only thing of which he is proud is that he is in his 31st year as a public school classroom teacher.
Modestly Rafe says,
“I don’t have all the answers, but would love to share some of the things I do that have made Room 56 a place many teachers around the world call Mecca.”