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What Makes a Great Teacher?

By andie520, Westminster, CO

Who was your favorite teacher when you were little? Most likely, it was one that helped you succeed the most.

In fifth grade, my teacher told me that I need to challenge myself more. I always loved that she made me feel like I was an adult, instead of just a student. The mistakes I made were shown in red ink. They were fewer than I had expected. I was surprised to see an A on the rubric and a note that said “Great job! I always love your poetry, but we need to find a way to challenge you.” She soon began to realize that math and English were my strengths, so she gave me worksheets to do, making me better, stronger. She was always super supportive of my education and made sure that I was having difficulty, but only enough to make me more proud of the A that I got at the end of the year. I was always a good leader, so she did group work to help support that.

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