The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher | Edutopia

We write often about the attributes desired of teachers who work with our students.  How teachers approach and work with our students is critically important as they shape the future of our communities and nation.  Where the students come from homes of poverty or the students could be called “tough to teach”, these attributes become as important as the content taught.

Although teachers bear so much of the burden for educating our students, we must also charge our administrators–both building and central office–to model these attributes in their dealing with teachers and students. If being kind, compassionate, empathetic, positive and a builder are important for teachers, they are also important qualities for administrators.  A great administrator will set the tone for the building, showing their heart in their interactions with teachers…and students.


The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher | Edutopia


Technology for the Whole Child

Many of today’s teachers seem to integrate technology seamlessly into their classroom instruction, creating lessons that engage students with content in ways that stimulate higher order thinking and collaboration.  Other teachers feel overwhelmed with the demands to use technology in their classrooms or are dismissive of technology strategies that appear to be just an electronic pencil.  Dr. Gerstein has an interesting twist on implementing technology by linking it to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  She proposes ways that technology can be used beyond meeting the cognitive or academic needs of students alone and aligns several suggestions and accompanying resource links to other social-emotional needs of students. Although Maslow designed his hierarchy with ascending levels of needs and premised that lower needs must be met in order to become eventually a self-actualized person, the technology suggestions do not rest upon each other in such a hierarchy.  The premise of her article of using technology in the classroom to meet not only academic but social and emotional needs is a great resource for teachers looking for a way and a reason to expand their technology implementation in the classroom.


Addressing Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with Technology