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What Will Your Students Remember?

Tips for being the teacher former students will be happy to recall.
by Leah Davies, M.Ed.
www.kellybear.com
Regular contributor to the Gazette
May 1, 2009

When I asked educators what they remember about former teachers, one said, "I remember a teacher who made me feel welcome, safe and important. She saw something special in me.” Another stated, “It seemed like every day Mr. Miller would look me in the eye, smile at me, and acknowledge me in some way.” In a documentary of Ed Bradley’s life, he commented that one of his teachers told him, “You can be anything you want to be.” At the time he was surprised, but the thought guided him throughout his life. Educators make lasting impressions through their everyday interactions with students.

Helpful teachers are…

  • calm and encouraging;
  • fair and respectful;
  • organized with high expectations;
  • prepared and enthusiastic about teaching;
  • able to demonstrate a sense of humor;
  • and able to create a positive classroom learning environment (see “Successful Teachers” ).

Here are what adults are saying about their favorite teachers.

“My teacher…
…got us involved in fascinating discussions.”
…read exciting books to us.”
…gave us an opportunity to choose our projects.”
…took us to see a play.”
…played a dulcimer for us.”
…let us choose a famous person to research and impersonate.”
…had the class make cards for my dad who was serving in the Army.”
…asked about my mom who was in the hospital.”
…comforted me when I was sad.”
…let me help her after school.”
…wrote ‘fantastic’ on some of my papers.”
…never gave up on me.”
…made me feel that I mattered.”
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Leah Davies received her Master's Degree from the Department of Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Auburn University. She has been dedicated to the well-being of children for 44 years as a certified teacher, counselor, prevention specialist, parent, and grandparent. Her professional experience includes teaching, counseling, consulting, instructing at Auburn University, and directing educational and prevention services at a mental health agency.

Besides the Kelly Bear materials, Leah has written articles that have appeared in The American School Counseling Association Counselor, The School Counselor, Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal, Early Childhood News, and National Head Start Association Journal. She has presented workshops at the following national professional meetings: American School Counselor Association; Association for Childhood Education International; National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Child Care Association; National Head Start Association; National School-Age Child Care Alliance Conference.

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