The Kneighborhood Annex

professional blog of a teacher, future administrato, writer, learner, motivator, inspirerororor

How can you tell?


How long does it take you to figure out if someone is a good teacher?  Do you have to observe them for a day? week? year?  Or can you tell within the first few moments of meeting them?

I’m constantly judging people based on the first few meetings on whether or not they will survive in the classroom.  And some of those meetings are with real “teachers” who have real classes.  These are teachers with tenure.  Teachers with master’s degrees.  Teachers in graduate courses.

You have to figure…someone in their lives told them that they’d make a good teacher.  How do we weed out these people and encourage them to be something else.  Hey…you’d make a really good toll collector.  I think you’ll be a good license plate stamper.  Oh…you know what you’d be really good at?…Taxidermy!!


Author: GraKneeToe

I'm a regular guy with a regular job. I write for fun, self-reflection and to possibly impart some of my thoughts on those that will listen. I do not claim to be an expert on anything, but have opinions on many things.

2 thoughts on “How can you tell?

  1. Oh jeepers who licked the red off that candy today?

    I hope I left a fabulous first impression, veteran that I am!

    Oh and one more thing–I so thought I would go into nursing–then figured out I could not deal with blood & guts. I’m still not sure if I’m where I need to be in education, but definitely education is a great place to be.

    • Hi All,

      @ CNelson Well I for one would say that there’s a fair bit of blood and guts in teaching nowadays 😀

      I would say: if there’s not a certain enthusiasm and energy to WANT to be with the students… well it’s a pretty fundamental quality to be lacking. You need many skills to be a good teacher, but being passionate about your job is a good place to start.


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