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Talk of being a great teacher surrounds us; in the news, in the corridors, in our own minds. We all dream of being great and when we get our own classroom we strive for greatness. Yet, being great can mean so many things today.
Does great mean high test scores?
Does great mean major student growth on their assessments?
Does great mean smiling students or many laughs?
Does it mean students who feel safe in your classroom?
Does great mean in-depth discussions, perfect spelling, or A+?
Does it mean you give as much of yourself as you expect the kids to give of them?
Does great mean that you cannot stop thinking about the kids you just said goodbye to even though they are legally not your to worry about anymore?
Or does great simply mean that you go in there and try your hardest every day, every minute? That you pour your heart into it and give them all of you?
I know what it means to outsiders, but what does being a great teacher mean to you?