What does a master teacher’s classroom look like? That term seems to be thrown around a lot lately and is something that many teachers aspire to be. When I think of what a master teacher’s classroom should look like a myriad of visions come to mind.
1. Teaches kids first and curriculum second- teachers should make sure that they differentiate learning to meet the needs of all students. He/she should know how each of his/her students learns. Students have different learning styles and a master teacher should figure out how to help them meet their own needs, therefore allowing students to excel in the subject area they teach.
2. Connect with the kids- for all students to do well; teachers must learn all they can about their students, the good the bad, and the ugly. This is not just about finding out how they learn, but about who they are as people. Learning their passions helps you find out how to engage them in their own learning.
3. Ensures that they draw relevance to curriculum- master teachers can answer the question “what does this have to do with real life?” Not only is it important that we draw relevance to the subject matter of what we teach, but it is also essential that we use the mediums that are used by the students. A master teacher knows that it is essential to use technology in the classroom to enhance learning.
4. Work with students to develop a love learning- a master teacher will try to tap into the ways that students love to learn and build upon that. Creating that spark in each student will lead them to continued success and growth.
5. Embodies lifelong learning- a master teacher knows that they will never become the “perfect” teacher since that is unattainable. They will look for ways to grow their own practices and change with the field by learning new and innovative practices.
6. Strong communication skills- a master teacher shares knowledge back and forth with colleagues as an essential part of growing as an individual....