Clarify your views on what’s required to become a good teacher

Photo/Dennis Sparks

Becoming a good teacher requires diligent practice over many years and reflection upon the effects of one’s efforts on student learning and well-being. It is not a quality a person possesses on the first day of teaching—although some are more naturally talented than others. Rather, it is acquired through experience, reflection, teamwork, and sustained professional learning. At least that’s my view.

Larry Cuban describes it this way:

“If you look at world class athletes, scientists, musicians, and other professionals, the empirical finding is  10,000 hours of practice helps to account for their winning awards and being at the top of their game (along with talent, opportunity, and aid from friends and family).

“Of course, one cannot expect every teacher to be world-class so let’s say that it takes half of 10,000 hour rule to be a sufficiently “good” teacher where principals and parents want that teacher in their school. Five thousand hours amounts to 5 to 6 years of teaching experience. Here’s the math: 180 days a school year X 5 hours a day of teaching=900 hours a year X 5 years = 4500 (6 years means 5400 hours of practice).”

Take a moment now to . . .

• examine your views regarding the development of mastery—whether you believe good teachers are simply born that way or whether effectiveness is a kind of muscle that can be developed through practice, experience, and professional learning.

2 Responses to “Clarify your views on what’s required to become a good teacher”

  1. 1 Carol May 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I believe good teachers fine-tune their skills with a combination of nature/nurture and many hours in the classroom…Teacher experience is a huge factor, however I do also believe that some people are BORN with enhancing personality traits–developed in their early years…(complimenting whatever one’s professional “calling” may be).

  2. 2 VIPIN AHUJA July 9, 2012 at 2:54 am

    your view on teaching profession

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