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What do teachers do that CAN'T be measured?

What do teachers do that CAN'T be measured?

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Inspired by the comments to today's blog about student self-esteem, I wanted to start a thread to brainstorm all the things that teachers do that can't be measured.

As Edutopia user TIC points out, "Raising the self-esteem of a students or cultivating a sense of capability are two of the many things teachers do that cannot be measured. Who can measure it? No one. It is our contribution to the building of good character."

I'm thinking we'll create a big list of all the things teachers do and circulate it all over the web to help counter the perception that merit pay even comes close to measuring teachers' impact.

Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Katherine Judd's picture
Katherine Judd
College writing and communications teacher

Look, listen, discover, and inspire! LOOK beyond the classroom into the lives and abilities of your students. LISTEN when they talk and question WHY they must attend school. For me, listening is the hallmark of good teachers! DISCOVER the interests and hobbies of your students and use that information to evolve the classroom into a fun learning environment. Finally, INSPIRE students to reach for more than average. Encourage them to try the impossible, for, even if they fail, they learn! As Thomas Edison said, "I have not failed. I have just discovered one more way how NOT to make a light bulb!"

Every excellent teacher I ever had invoked these qualities and used them ceaselessly! Now, I use them for I know they work!

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