Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Practicum - Teacher Qualities, Motivation, & Tweaks

Qualities of a Good Teacher


Qualities of a Good Teacher Video by U2bianSynic

25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently

Discussion Questions
  • Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Who was your least favorite? Why?
  • How do you think your students will remember you?
  • What do you like about teaching? (besides vacation time)
  • What have been the highlights (and lowlights) of your teaching career?
  • What are the qualities of a good teacher?
  • What qualities make YOU a good teacher?
  • What are your greatest strengths & weaknesses as a teacher? 

Motivation/Avoiding Burnout

Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that comes from inside an individual rather than from any external or outside rewards, such as money or grades. The motivation comes from the pleasure one gets from the task itself or from the sense of satisfaction in completing or even working on a task.
The Candle Problem

Daniel Pink, author of Drive, on the power of intrinsic motivation        
Adam Grant on the Staying Motivated as a Teacher 
 Discussion Questions
  • How much of your activity as a teacher is guided by intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation?
  • How much of your students’ activities are guided by intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation?
  • How has your passion for teaching changed over the years?
  • How do you try to maintain your passion aor teaching?
  • What are the biggest obstacles to staying motivated and passionate as a teacher?
  • How might you overcome these obstacles?
  • Is it important to you that you continue to improve as a teacher? If so, how do you do it?
  • What factors determine whether you have a ‘good day’ at work or a ‘bad day’?
  • What can you do inside and outside of the classroom to avoid ‘teacher burnout’?
  • What advice would you give to beginning teachers about how to avoid burnout and have an enjoyable career as a teacher?

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