The perfect teacher is _________________.
Here are the answers I received this year. I put them into a Wordle.
The bigger they are, the more times students wrote them:
What will I do with this information?
1. Share it with students.
2. Ask students if they agree.
3. Ask students if I can ask the same of THEM. (Eyes open wide at this point!)
4. Post it as a reminder to all of us to practice these traits.
As one 7th grader wrote, "I don't think a teacher can be perfect, because that's hard." For sure! (Oh, how I love this age!) Therefore, I will keep these in mind, and keep trying, but know I can't be perfect. (I can't be both "calm" and "energetic" at the same time - a lot of balance is needed!) When this happens, I hope the students are understanding, just as they'd like me to be.