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What Makes A Great Teacher? From the perspective of Grade 5 students

As part of the Ultimate Learning Environment work (#AGSLE) the Year 7 students are doing at the moment with me, the question “What makes a GREAT teacher?” came up.
The students discovered that they all believe that teachers make a learning environment special or terrible. It was an interesting discussion and one that I have let them control. They decided that they would ask our Year 5 students a simple question –> “What makes a GREAT teacher?”
They decided that the best way to do this was to create an audio podcast of their replies – so here it is 🙂 ENJOY!
What I find interesting about this is the common themes. Students were recorded by themselves in a room and did not interact or share ideas with other classmates. What are we doing as teachers to make sure we are this “Great” teacher that students need us to be?

We would love to have your feedback about what you and your students think make a GREAT teacher and why this is important?
The Year 7 students will be using this data to help in the planning and development of their Ultimate Learning Environment.
Looking forward to receiving your comments and ideas soon via this blog or twitter @mrkempnz 

You can also check out this clip from 2011 – I asked my Year 5/6 students in New Zealand the same question – interesting comparisons between the two!

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Global EdTech Consultant based in Singapore but working with Schools and EdTech companies all over the world. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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  • “…gives us time to finish it off…” “…helps me when I get stuck…” “…calm and doesn’t get angry easily…” “…LIKES TEACHING…” “FUN”

  • I could listen to those adorable accents all day. Kids are simple: they want patient, happy, fun, passionate people teaching them. Easy peasy. Thanks for all you share to make us better teachers. Trying to do the same at my end of the world 🙂

  • Excellent stuff Craig, thanks for sharing. Amazing how children are so articulate, concise and have such clear diction. We would like to use this on if you don’t mind? This will be inspiring for teachers and students alike who could then create more content like this.

  • Craig this is so in line worth my Teacher Impact Inquiry that I have been working on this year! The children have already unpacked what they think a good learner is, and this term I have surveyed them about my teaching and classroom to get feedback about where I can improve. It has been, and continues to be so powerful for the students and such a rewarding process!

  • ‘Knows the children, listens to what they have to say’
    ‘Easy to talk to – fun!’
    ‘Special bond, knows who you are’
    I think that teachers’ colleges the world over would benefit from letting student teachers listen to this! Great ideas. Amazing which were common threads too – fun, relevant, relational seem to stand out for me.
    Must get my class to do this too – be an interesting 2014 comparison!

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