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What makes a good teacher?

Asked at Walmart, 550 Congressional Dr. on January 19, 2012

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“Intelligence, caring and flexibility.”

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“A personal relationship with their students.”

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“Patience is the ultimate. And an open mind. ”

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“Patience.”

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IndusRiver 2 years, 2 months ago

Good sex? With legal immunity?

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Jean Robart 2 years, 2 months ago

It might be a good idea if a teacher likes kids. I've had teachers who didn't

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

I went for a walk in the desert. And all I saw was camel toes.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

The scarf wasn't that bad. Was it?

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labmonkey 2 years, 2 months ago

RI- Are you an overseer? Your comment is the only one that did not get TOSed on the Style Scout.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 2 months ago

My friend, Gus, before they kicked him out, had a smallish bowtie wearing teacher who always ate lunch in the classroom from a limited edition Wally Cox lunchbox. Towards the end of the month, after he’d already robbed most everybody’s lunch money, Gus would stay behind to eat teach’s lunch, but he did respect the box pretty well & was careful not to dent it.
That gave Bowtie an extra half-hour to his day which he devoted to reading aloud interesting facts from various almanacs. Usually, the only thing Gus ever passed in school was gas, but he did learn while eating Bowtie’s chili, that on any given day, at least one million people are having a birthday & that you can draw a line thirty-five miles long with the average lead pencil.
Bowtie told Gus, if he could figure out how many more miles a million people could draw with that same pencil, he’d give him the chocolate cake for desert. Gus told me he knew it was a trick question because you couldn’t possibly do that in only one random birthday, so he went ahead & ate the cake.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

Browny called. Said he heard I was having tranny trouble. I didn't bother to explain . . .

http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/uu67/buck865/Animated/bangHeadAgainstWall.gif

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, RoeD! Now I'm all hot and bothered. I've got to get one of those. Soon. Before I hit convicted felon status.

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beatrice 2 years, 3 months ago

A salary large enough to cover her bar tab.

No, wait, that is what makes a good journalist.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

I must admit I'm better at baiting trolls than fish . . .

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autie 2 years, 3 months ago

I am one fish landing SOB. Even when I have to cast and reel over a bigger fish flopping on the rocks. That hot sun can be a killer sometimes. Speaking of fish...isn't anybody going to take the bait from the rock head? That when really convinces us of what we believed all along.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 3 months ago

Venison sounds good right now, for some reason

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

And here ya go Rara . . .

http://www.serbu.com/top/super_shorty_870.jpg

It's called the "Super Shorty"

nuff said . . .

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My_Life 2 years, 3 months ago

A good teacher doesn't try to make kids learn those lies about evolution. Nothing could be farther from the truth. That nonsense should be banned from schools.

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 3 months ago

rockchalker52, I'm terrible at fishing. Ask anyone. Well, not anyone, but I can think of about 4 people you could ask. The last time I went fishing I just stood there in a catatonic stupor watching a reely big fish flop around on the rocks. But I've been told I'm a good pocket fisherman. Now get your mind out of the gutter. I'm talking about this. http://lee.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/popeil-pocket-fisherman-1.jpg

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 3 months ago

RoeD, I'm still looking for one of them pistol grip pumps, not to use, just to have cuz it's cool. Omar used one on "The Wire", but it wasn't as cool as the one you posted that pic of. Post it again so I can salivate.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 3 months ago

The ability to relate makes a good teech. For instance, rara,outside of squashing any damn bug that needs it, that whole killing thing does seem a bit tawdry. That's why I only aid & abet for my cheeseburgers & the like. There's fish in the pond if you know of anyone that wants to fry them for me.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 3 months ago

"""The deer are getting cocky again." - T_O_B

Hmmm . . . wouldn't that be the antlered deer?" Roe

Good point. The deer are acting like divas again.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

Want a little help gettin' over that?

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 3 months ago

Try using a Tebow bow. Personally, I'm no good at killing things. There was a period of higher consciousness in my life when I couldn't even kill a cockroach.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 3 months ago

T_O_B, Unless they are actively attacking you... No.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

""The deer are getting cocky again." - T_O_B

Hmmm . . . wouldn't that be the antlered deer?

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 3 months ago

""Now I just need to get a bow." - T_O_B

I know the crossbows and bolts look cool, but they are only legal in Kansas during rifle seasons."

Well, can I throw rocks at them?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 3 months ago

"Now I just need to get a bow." - T_O_B

I know the crossbows and bolts look cool, but they are only legal in Kansas during rifle seasons.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 3 months ago

""The deer are getting cocky again." - T_O_B

It is still extended archery anterless season till the 31st in unit 19." RI

The three that refused to leave the road this morning were sans antlers. And, whoohoo, I'm in Unit 19. Now I just need to get a bow.

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 3 months ago

A teacher that knows how to give a good back rub and foot massage.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 3 months ago

"The deer are getting cocky again." - T_O_B

It is still extended archery anterless season till the 31st in unit 19.

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1029 2 years, 3 months ago

I had a teacher that would give us the option of staying late if we wanted to learn about adult stuff. Some kids got trauma, but I thought some of the things she showed us were pretty cool.

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BABBOY 2 years, 3 months ago

I think a good teacher must know how to connect with the students.

No way around that

If you cannot connect, you cannot communicate and without that there is no teaching going on....

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beatrice 2 years, 3 months ago

I will toast RoeD's 10,000th post with some salmon vodka, fruitcake and a Klondike bar -- while sitting on a roundabout.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 3 months ago

To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart who was speaking about another matter entirely:

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of people I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know one when I see one. (or at least when I see one in action).

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 3 months ago

The deer are getting cocky again. Deer season needs to be expanded.

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labmonkey 2 years, 3 months ago

Holy bejeezus... Roe my hit is 10000th comment this week. Any plans for a celebration? Grey Goose and aviator sunglasses?

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Kookamooka 2 years, 3 months ago

A teacher who knows why they are there. A focus on the students 100% of the time. It isn't about the teachers, it's about the kids. Teachers who use positive behavior supports are doing it right. Teachers who love learning, themselves, and pass that excitement on to their students. Teachers who can always find the silver lining and make the day brighter. Teachers whose classroom culture is so inviting that even parents feel comfortable. Caring. Those are the best teachers.

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LadyJ 2 years, 3 months ago

Teachers with an open mind to new ideas and don't think they know everything.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

Many times students who told Mrs Roe she was mean (strict) told her years later she was their very most favorite teacher.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

Many times students who told Mrs Roe she was mean (strict) told her years later she was their very most favorite teacher.

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Bill Lee 2 years, 3 months ago

Never losing sight of the task at hand. Don't worry about self-esteem as much as teaching the basic skills the students will need in life. The most important of those skills is the ability to read. Students who can read can learn almost everything else. Doing it with a smile helps.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

Many of Mrs Roe's first students are now in their late 40's. Always funny to have some gray haired, balding dude walk up and ask "Do you remember me?" She will reply with something like "Sure 'Johnny', you were in my class in '77. Do you still have your Hot Wheels collection?"

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

Glad to see you back autie!

If I'm ever gone more than a couple of days I'm probably in the hospital.

More than a week, check the obits . . .

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RoeDapple 2 years, 3 months ago

Mrs Roe. Best. Second. Grade. Teacher . . . Evah !

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Odeo 2 years, 3 months ago

This makes a good teacher and encourages many to stay in school..

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Odeo 2 years, 3 months ago

Boat shot ROCKS! This is what makes a Great Teacher....

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Odeo 2 years, 3 months ago

Any teacher that resembles Pippa....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXuNL7...

....nice teacher.....

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 3 months ago

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 3 months ago

A teacher that can take a fastball spitwad square in the face. And I mean a spitwad made out of a whole sheet of notebook paper. Picture included, I am so skeeved out by one of the respondents I think I'm gonna run down the street, nekked and screaming.

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deec 2 years, 3 months ago

Adequate compensation, a reasonable number of students, a well-equipped classroom with enough books and supplies that the teacher doesn't have to buy from his/her own pocket, rational parents, supportive administrators, decent pensions, no unfunded mandates, and children with a modicum of sense.After all, "You get what you pay for," so if you want good teachers and good schools, you should be willing to pay for them.

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Rara_Avis 2 years, 3 months ago

The right clothing. I had the hots for my 5th grade teacher. She wore these nice loose-fitting blouses. When I went to her desk to ask a question I could always see down her blouse. I had lots of questions.

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Loki 2 years, 3 months ago

My favorites recognized that I only disrupted the class and caused trouble because I was highly intelligent and bored. They knew if they didn't do something I would hold the Earth randsom for 1 miiiiillion dollars. Now, back to my manifesto.... (pets kitty)

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jackpot 2 years, 3 months ago

Patience,Patience,Patience.

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labmonkey 2 years, 3 months ago

Someone who isn't afraid to wield the paddle.

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autie 2 years, 3 months ago

Knowing better than to have a personal relationship with their students...OMG.

and being first?

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