Tuesday, August 30, 2011

10 Qualities for Being Counted Among the Best

For many people, being good isn't good enough.  They want to be the best, or at least that’s what they say.

I do not have any issue with setting ambitious goals and pushing oneself to “do your best'”, but I’m not sure I know what “THE best” educator is.  Does THE best have the happiest students?  Highest test scores?  Most engaged class?  Meets every deadline for reporting?

Maybe being THE best is a part of a much more reasonable, and frankly more collegial, goal – to be AMONG the best.

Does that sound like a group with whom you want to be associated? 


Me, too. 

So, what does it take to be AMONG the best?  Here is a list of 10 qualities that may determine an educator’s membership AMONG the best.  These are the qualities that separate the good from the great.  Educators who exhibit these qualities are the linchpins of your school.

10 Qualities for Being Counted Among the Best

  1. Deep and wide content mastery
  2. Guide student progress using both summative and formative assessments
  3. Overtly include opportunities for students to develop 21st century essential skills (collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication)
  4. Creates a class/school culture that is student-centered (growth, motivation, communication)
  5. Conducts the “business” of the class/school with an “Open House” mentality
  6. Uses social norms to dictate the exchanges in the class/school
  7. Asks good questions
  8. Tells good stories
  9. Believes they can be better and works daily to get better
  10. Actively seeks opportunities to help other educators get better

Limiting my list to 10 was more about readability and less about trying to provide every possible quality.  Therefore, I encourage you to leave your own items in the comments section.

What qualities are present in educators you count among the best?

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