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As I was growing up, I never pictured myself as a teacher. In fact, I grew up not respecting most of my teachers. Don't get me wrong, some of my teachers were great. I had a few over the years that genuinely cared for their students, but I also had many who were there just to collect their paycheck and get all weekends, government holidays, and summers off. Even after graduating high school, I had no intentions of ever joining the educational field. Truthfully, I had no desire to attend college. I only attended three years of high school due to the fact that I was allowed to take my English three during summer school and thus skipped my junior year. During my senior year, I had made up my mind to join the United States Marine Corps and this is exactly what I did. I married my high school sweetheart the following summer. I tell you all of this because she is the inspiration of my desire to become a teacher. While I served the final three years of my contract in the Marine Corps, she completed her bachelors of science in Elementary Education. Over the next several years I watched as she spent countless hours doing what she loved. She would come home and share stories every day that would inspire me later to follow in her footsteps. Never once did she suggest that I quit my job and go back to school, but that's what I did. We would often joked about how nice it would be to count on one another as teachers. I have always been able to capture the attention of children. I enjoy their company and do not get annoyed like some adults do when children seem to go on and on about nothing important. I realize that it is important to the child that is doing the rambling. I often imagine about what my future classroom will look like, how my students will react to my teaching style, or how my peers will respond to me. The conclusion that I have drawn is that it really does not matter. I will work as hard as I can to become the best teacher possible. I will not give up when times seem tough, and I will push past the difficult times because I know that the outcome will be worth it. There are many positive traits that the best teachers must possess. First, teachers must show integrity. They have to demonstrate this daily if they want to pass this on to their students. They must also treat every student as an equal. Furthermore, teachers have to exhibit professionalism in the classroom and in the community. The final characteristic of a great teacher is their intellectual spirit, their love for learning and teaching. Integrity is important in everything we do and teaching is no exception, if anything it is magnified. Parents trust you with their children for the majority of the day. They do not get any information about you except that their child will be in your care. Teachers are expect to be lifelong role models to these children. In my experience, growing up in a small town made it extremely easy to find out about everyone else. Teachers were not exempt from this reality. We knew which teachers were dating other teachers, who had marriages on the rocks, and which ones partied a little too hard. I grew up thinking that most teachers were not honest. It wasn't until my wife took a job at her current school that I met a group of teachers that exemplified great moral behaviors. These teachers are compassionate about what they do. I feel that I possess a high quality of integrity. This is something that was instilled upon me during my childhood and emphasized during my Maine Corps career. My parents have always taught me to do what is right even if it means that I may lose something in the process. The USMC also depended heavily on the troops to be honest. They explained that in many instances lives could depend on what we do and if we did something that was not by the book we should stand up and say so. I was told that it is easier to ask for forgiveness and correct the problem instead of regretting what we did later. I feel that integrity comes from the inside. It is not something that can be learned from a book, but it has to be demonstrated. As a teacher I plan on showing my students and colleagues that they can trust me and count on me. They will know that I will do what is expected of me. Another trait that needs to be demonstrated by teachers is justice. Students should have the same opportunities in class no matter their skin color, religious beliefs, or economical status. Students want to be treated as equals just as we adults do. Each and every student needs to feel important to the classroom community. According to Harry Wong, "You are important to me as a person." This is the message that we all need to convey to our students and our colleagues every day" (65). To do this, I believe teachers have to have a set of rules and guidelines in place from day one. Students should also be treated fairly. According to the Author of Elementary Classroom Management, Carol Weinstein, believes that treating everyone exactly the same is unfair because students have individual needs (56). Teachers have to know and understand their students so that they can meet their needs in a fair manor. I can recall during my time in high school that there was a teacher or two that had their favorites or shown prejudices against certain students. I remember feeling that these teachers could care less about how much I was learning because of the color of my skin. They had their favorites; usually a nephew, niece, or cousin who would get all the attention. These select few would breeze by without having to put forth any effort and the rest of us were left to fend for ourselves. I believe that justice should come natural if integrity is being used. It seems very hard to me to believe that someone can describe themselves as honest and moral and then have a prejudice against someone. Not all of my teachers were unfair. There are two teachers that I can recall by name from my time in Elementary school. One was my music teacher, Mrs. Skury and the other was my fourth grade science teacher, Ms. Rivers. Both of these women made me feel loved and that my education was more important than anything else. Stewardship is also a characteristic of a great teacher. Here again, I feel that if an individual possesses the first two traits; integrity and justice, then stewardship will come naturally. I believe that it is common for a teacher to feel as if they are the leader of their classroom; however, it takes effective classroom management to make the difference in a teacher's success. Harry Wong states, "How well you manage the classroom is the primary determinant of how well your students will learn" (82). Teachers have to be responsible for their classrooms and the students that are in it. Students should feel safe and protected. As a teacher I hope to make the learning experience engaging and safe for all students. Teachers also have to work with the community in which their school belongs. We have a responsibility to be a leader in the classroom and in the community. If teachers hope to raise and develop great leaders they have to show that they can be one themselves. I feel that if I have a weakness in any of these four traits this would be the one. I can see myself getting so wrapped up in my class that I wouldn't make an impact in the community. I know that with time and dedication to my duties I can learn how to manage both of these at the same time. The last of the four traits is intellectual spirit. When I think of this I think of how much a teacher should love what they do. A teacher should be passionate about what they do and want to grow as an educator. According to Routman, it is important to continually learn, collaborate with other teachers, be open to change, and use effective teaching techniques. As a professional teacher, you should never stop observing, learning, and then go a step further to evaluate and apply what you have learned. Teachers should question what they have learned and make changes to evolve into a better educator. To do this we have to find a way to work together for the greater good of the students that we teach. The teaching community should be a place of joy and sharing. We should help out our teaching partners. Teachers should also feel that they can depend on their partners. I believe teachers try very hard to get their students to work together and that we need to take our own advice. We have to put our differences aside and find a way to work together. As a future teacher, I hope to work with my team to ensure that we are on the same page. I feel that open communication is very important among colleagues. We should be able to share lessons with one another but not feel that we are the only ones contributing. I can imagine that we would split up what has to be covered and work on the part that we feel the strongest about. The time I spent in the Marine Corps taught me that no one had the knowledge to fix everything but if you would put a group of us together we could fix anything. I look forward to one day starting my career in teaching but I know that there is a lot that I still have to learn between now and then. I feel that I own the four characteristics that I have described and paired with the information that I am currently learning, I will make a great teacher someday.
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Characteristics Of An Effective Teacher Essay

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              As I was growing up, I never pictured myself as a teacher. In fact, I grew up not respecting most of my teachers. Don't get me wrong, some of my teachers were great. I had a few over the years that genuinely cared for their students, but I also had many who were there just to collect their paycheck and get all weekends, government holidays, and summers off. Even after graduating high school, I had no intentions of ever joining the educational field. Truthfully, I had no desire to attend college. I only attended three years of high school due to the fact that I was allowed to take my English three during summer school and thus skipped my junior year. During my senior year, I had made up my mind to join the United States Marine Corps and this is exactly what I did. I married my high school sweetheart the following summer. I tell you all of this because she is the inspiration of my desire to become a teacher. While I served the final three years of my contract in the Marine Corps, she completed her bachelors of science in Elementary Education.
              Over the next several years I watched as she spent countless hours doing what she loved. She would come home and share stories every day that would inspire me later to follow in her footsteps. Never once did she suggest that I quit my job and go back to school, but that's what I did. We would often joked about how nice it would be to count on one another as teachers. I have always been able to capture the attention of children. I enjoy their company and do not get annoyed like some adults do when children seem to go on and on about nothing important. I realize that it is important to the child that is doing the rambling. I often imagine about what my future classroom will look like, how my students will react to my teaching style, or how my peers will respond to me. The conclusion that I have drawn is that it really does not matter. I will work as hard as I can to become the best teacher possible. I will not give up when times seem tough, and I will push past the difficult times because I know that the outcome will be worth it.
              There are many positive traits that the best teachers must possess. First, teachers must show integrity. They have to demonstrate this daily if they want to pass this on to their students. They must also treat every student as an equal. Furthermore, teachers have to exhibit professionalism in the classroom and in the community. The final characteristic of a great teacher is their intellectual spirit, their love for learning and teaching.
              Integrity is important in everything we do and teaching is no exception, if anything it is magnified. Parents trust you with their children for the majority of the day. They do not get any information about you except that their child will be in your care. Teachers are expect to be lifelong role models to these children. In my experience, growing up in a small town made it extremely easy to find out about everyone else. Teachers were not exempt from this reality. We knew which teachers were dating other teachers, who had marriages on the rocks, and which ones partied a little too hard. I grew up thinking that most teachers were not honest. It wasn't until my wife took a job at her current school that I met a group of teachers that exemplified great moral behaviors. These teachers are compassionate about what they do.
              I feel that I possess a high quality of integrity. This is something that was instilled upon me during my childhood and emphasized during my Maine Corps career. My parents have always taught me to do what is right even if it means that I may lose something in the process. The USMC also depended heavily on the troops to be honest. They explained that in many instances lives could depend on what we do and if we did something that was not by the book we should stand up and say so. I was told that it is easier to ask for forgiveness and correct the problem instead of regretting what we did later. I feel that integrity comes from the inside. It is not something that can be learned from a book, but it has to be demonstrated. As a teacher I plan on showing my students and colleagues that they can trust me and count on me. They will know that I will do what is expected of me.
              Another trait that needs to be demonstrated by teachers is justice. Students should have the same opportunities in class no matter their skin color, religious beliefs, or economical status. Students want to be treated as equals just as we adults do. Each and every student needs to feel important to the classroom community. According to Harry Wong, "You are important to me as a person. " This is the message that we all need to convey to our students and our colleagues every day" (65). To do this, I believe teachers have to have a set of rules and guidelines in place from day one. Students should also be treated fairly. According to the Author of Elementary Classroom Management, Carol Weinstein, believes that treating everyone exactly the same is unfair because students have individual needs (56). Teachers have to know and understand their students so that they can meet their needs in a fair manor.
              I can recall during my time in high school that there was a teacher or two that had their favorites or shown prejudices against certain students. I remember feeling that these teachers could care less about how much I was learning because of the color of my skin. They had their favorites; usually a nephew, niece, or cousin who would get all the attention. These select few would breeze by without having to put forth any effort and the rest of us were left to fend for ourselves. I believe that justice should come natural if integrity is being used. It seems very hard to me to believe that someone can describe themselves as honest and moral and then have a prejudice against someone. Not all of my teachers were unfair. There are two teachers that I can recall by name from my time in Elementary school. One was my music teacher, Mrs. Skury and the other was my fourth grade science teacher, Ms. Rivers. Both of these women made me feel loved and that my education was more important than anything else.
              Stewardship is also a characteristic of a great teacher. Here again, I feel that if an individual possesses the first two traits; integrity and justice, then stewardship will come naturally. I believe that it is common for a teacher to feel as if they are the leader of their classroom; however, it takes effective classroom management to make the difference in a teacher's success. Harry Wong states, "How well you manage the classroom is the primary determinant of how well your students will learn" (82). Teachers have to be responsible for their classrooms and the students that are in it. Students should feel safe and protected. As a teacher I hope to make the learning experience engaging and safe for all students. Teachers also have to work with the community in which their school belongs. We have a responsibility to be a leader in the classroom and in the community. If teachers hope to raise and develop great leaders they have to show that they can be one themselves. I feel that if I have a weakness in any of these four traits this would be the one. I can see myself getting so wrapped up in my class that I wouldn't make an impact in the community. I know that with time and dedication to my duties I can learn how to manage both of these at the same time.
              The last of the four traits is intellectual spirit. When I think of this I think of how much a teacher should love what they do. A teacher should be passionate about what they do and want to grow as an educator. According to Routman, it is important to continually learn, collaborate with other teachers, be open to change, and use effective teaching techniques. As a professional teacher, you should never stop observing, learning, and then go a step further to evaluate and apply what you have learned. Teachers should question what they have learned and make changes to evolve into a better educator. To do this we have to find a way to work together for the greater good of the students that we teach. The teaching community should be a place of joy and sharing. We should help out our teaching partners. Teachers should also feel that they can depend on their partners. I believe teachers try very hard to get their students to work together and that we need to take our own advice. We have to put our differences aside and find a way to work together. As a future teacher, I hope to work with my team to ensure that we are on the same page. I feel that open communication is very important among colleagues. We should be able to share lessons with one another but not feel that we are the only ones contributing. I can imagine that we would split up what has to be covered and work on the part that we feel the strongest about. The time I spent in the Marine Corps taught me that no one had the knowledge to fix everything but if you would put a group of us together we could fix anything.
              I look forward to one day starting my career in teaching but I know that there is a lot that I still have to learn between now and then. I feel that I own the four characteristics that I have described and paired with the information that I am currently learning, I will make a great teacher someday.
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Bibliography
Routman, R. (2000). Conversations: Strategies for teaching, learning, and evaluating. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Weinstein, CC.S. (2011) Elementary Classroom Management: Lesson from Research and Practice, 5th Edition, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Wong, H. (2004). How to be an effective teacher: The First Days of School. Mountain View, CA: Harry K Wong Publications, Inc.
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