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!!