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Recently I was asked this question: What attributes or qualities does an outstanding teacher possess?

This is what I came up with. And no, they aren’t listed in order of importance, just in the order I thought of them.

1.  In order to be an outstanding teacher you need to be committed to doing the best job that you can do. For a teacher, that means staying current on the research both in teaching methods and classroom content and then implementing the new content and methods in the classroom.

2.  Another attribute of being an outstanding teacher is to be able to accurately assess where your students are, meet them there, and then figure out the best way to help them move forward.

3.  An outstanding teacher conducts classes in ways that foster self-respect and build confidence in the students.

4.  An outstanding teacher is not afraid to seek support or advice from other professionals.

5.  An outstanding teacher takes full responsibility for what goes on in the classroom and constantly evaluates his/her own performance and makes changes accordingly.

6.  An outstanding teacher isn’t afraid to try new methods and approaches and in fact seeks them out knowing that the teacher/learner relationship is an evolving process.

I know this list is incomplete and I’d like your help expanding it.

What would you add to this list? Would you take anything off? Whether you are a student, a parent, or a teacher, I’d like to know what quality or qualities you think are most important for a teacher to have?

Thanks for your thoughts!!

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I’ve been given an offer I couldn’t refuse–to join the Project Mayhem Blog–subtitled: The manic minds of middle grade writers. I love that phrase!!

I’m honored to be invited and will be posting over there a couple times a month.

Other Mayhem members include: Hilary Wagner, Jen K. Blom, Dee Garretson, Timothy Power, Dawn Lairamore, Marissa Burt, Rose Cooper, Yahong Chi, Michael Winchell, Caroline Star Rose, and Matthew MacNish.

I’m really thrilled and humbled to be included in such a fantastic mix of writers and bloggers.

Please stop by Project Mayhem and say hello.

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Without the rain

We wouldn’t have rainbows.

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The blog has been a little quiet lately but that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting around doing nothing.

1.  I had a wonderful two week visit with my family, one of the highlights being a trip to Grand Haven, Michigan to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. Yes, I took a dip in Lake Michigan.

2.  I ran the Sunburst Marathon in South Bend, Indiana in high humidity and 80 degree plus heat. I’m glad I crossed the finish line before they called the race due to hazardous heat conditions.

3.  While I was in the Midwest, I received some good news: My middle grade novel has been chosen as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Annual Contest. Winners will be announced in August at their annual conference.

4.  I accepted a job for the fall semester. I will be teaching English to the ELL (English Language Learners) students at West Valley High School.  It is a ¾ time teaching position and just for the fall semester, kind of perfect for me in terms of keeping my writing going.

5.  I’m going hiking in the Italian Alps in late July/early August.

6.  And, am I working on a new book? You bet I am!!

Interesting. Is that public information?

That’s all the news that fit to tell. What have you been up to lately?

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