Saturday, June 30, 2012

3 easily overlooked qualities of highly successful educators

Highly successful educators do many things well.  In addition, there is a long list of potential characteristics they embody.  However, among those fine qualities are some that are less obvious - yet no less important.

Here are three that sometimes do not get the credit they deserve.

Highly successful educators are...

1.  specific

Whether they are setting goals for themselves, their students, their classes, or their lessons; highly successful educators are specific about what they are working to accomplish.  In order to get specific, these educators invest the time to fully develop a clear vision of the accomplishment.  For example, a "more engaged class" is not enough.  The highly successful educator reflects on this statement and creates a picture of what a "more engaged class" actually looks and sounds like.

2.  available

Being available is not the same as having office hours.  Physically present is an essential part of being available, but unless you are also mentally present, you are not available.  Almost every teacher can be found.  Every teacher is not necessarily mentally present and ready to help.  Highly successful teachers are available to help in the moment.

3.  eager to share

In my lifetime, sharing has never been easier than it is now.  It has also never been more valuable or expected.  Highly successful educators have much to offer, but also recognize that they have much to learn.  They also understand that the more they give away, the more they receive in return.  This concept applies particularly well with sharing praise, ideas, opinions, and guidance.

Among the qualities each highly successful educator exhibits, there are many that are less frequently heralded.  I believe being specific, available, and eager to share are three such qualities.

What would you add to the list?
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