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Would You Be an Effective Teacher? (What is teaching really like?)

Researchers agree that the most effective teachers have three characteristics in common while engaging their students in meaningful and successful learning experiences.

  1. Positive expectations and family participation
    Have positive expectations for student success. What you expect from your students is what they will produce.

  2. Positive Behavioral Support
    The practices and procedures you use to maintain the classroom environment and have positive student behavior will allow teaching and learning to occur.

  3. Subject matter knowledge and designing lessons for students ensure successful learners.

Visit the following links and answer the questions to gain a better understanding of what it means to be a teacher:

Positive Expectations and Parent Participation

Positive Behavioral Support

Subject Matter Knowledge

Browse the How can you find out what teaching is really like? page for ideas and important resources that can help you decide if teaching is for you.

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