** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.
Once you wipe away your idealism or walk the talk as a teacher – you will conclude that there is no more powerful way to make a “great teacher” than a nice, solid, reliable pay check.
I remember my days in the Toronto District School Board. I taught in a few “working class” schools. Lots of great teachers but lots of problems. Like a war zone on many days and on most days, lots of teachers walking around with scowls and a heaviness upon them.
Yet, come every second Thursday – what life! Exuberance and euphoria. Classrooms were active and filled with learning. I remember when we got our union fought retroactive “pay increase” OMG! What teaching, wondrous lessons pulled out of a hat! For weeks on end…. Could you imagine this Grade 4 teacher doing a great job?
So however idealistic you or myself may think / appear – we should also know the score. It is much easier to be a great teacher if you feel like you are getting paid well.
Here’s a recent one week poll of EFL Classroom members about if they are getting their proper motivation!
Are you well paid? If not, you should be! 80% of teaching is caring enough to just show up, IMHO.