10 Steps to Becoming a Great Teacher
Joel is a band director in Texas. He began teaching in the 2002-2003 school year. His first two years were a self-described horrible failure. Though he knew lots of information, he did not have what it took to push him beyond that. He felt like an untapped reservoir of knowledge, with a bunch of students who didn’t like him, didn’t care what he knew, and usually liked to argue with him until they get their way.
That’s when everything changed. He resigned from that school district right before spring break and made it a personal mission to figure out how to be a great teacher.
Joel currently writes SoYouWantToTeach in an attempt to pass along his learnings to other teachers and future teachers.
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First of all, I want to congratulate you on taking the first step of this journey toward becoming a great teacher!
I can’t even begin to describe for you the exciting possibilities that await you as you move through these lessons and begin to come over to the other side.
If your experiences are anything like mine as I went through this process five years ago, you will not believe that you used to have classes the way you currently do.
To get the full effect, you need to really spend an entire day on each of the articles. Each one will have an assignment for you to put into practice in the upcoming school day. If you try to cram two articles into one reading, you may not get the full effect. So be warned.
If you are going to make it through this process, you need to start asking questions and looking for answers. You’re going to have to start listening to what other people are telling you, and figuring out what works best for you.