RE@L Re-Blog! Thanks to TeachersCorner™ Jackie Murdoch LaFrenz For Reposting Her Thanks To All You Good Teachers Out There! So Do We! Keep Practicing!

RE@L-logo_Corp_TM_New-Tag_8-15-17_CMYK-300x127JackieSchoolvideo-300x198Thanks to RE@L’s TeacherCorner contributor, Jackie Murdoch LaFrenz, for this RE@LRepost.

Former principal and current teacher,  Jackie, also knows what good principals like Danny Steele see in their many good teachers.

blog headerPrincipal Steele has his own blogsite worth following. Click here to access his many useful comments for edcuators.

It’s also why lawyers, doctors, teachers and principals call their career a “practice.”

We keep practicing and we keep getting better at what we do.

Here’s what good teachers do and good principals see:

“I have had the privilege of working with many great teachers.  These are some things that are true about them:

  • Great teachers don’t always have the best lessons.  But they always have the best relationships with kids.

  • Great teachers understand that developing the right classroom climate is a prerequisite to teaching the right lesson.

  • When a lesson does not go as planned, great teachers are not looking around the room… they are looking in the mirror.

  • Great teachers always come to class ready to teach… but they are mindful of the fact that not all students come to class ready to learn.

  • Great teachers understand the power of human connection, so they are diligent about building relationships with their students.  They are even relentless about connecting with the knuckleheads.

  • Great teachers don’t show up for WORK… they show up for KIDS!  It’s a passion — not a job.

  • Great teachers understand the “Golden Rule” for educators: Teach every child the way you would want your own child to be taught.

  • Great teachers are not intent on winning “battles” with the students.  They understand that if there is a battle in the classroom, nobody wins.

  • Great teachers define their success by the success of their students.  They understand it’s not about the teaching… it’s about the learning.

  • Great teachers are not defined by their lesson plans… they are defined by their passion.

  • Great teachers are in it for the kids.  It’s not about the lesson plan, the rules, or the massive paycheck. It’s always about the kids.

  • Great teachers will spend some time this summer thinking about how they can improve their lessons next year.  That’s just what they do.

  • Kids leave their class feeling better about themselves… because great teachers understand there is more to teaching than delivering instruction.

  • Great teachers are never victims of “slacker kids.” They refuse to let those students get away without doing the work.

  • Great teachers are not driven by courses of study… they are driven by the faces in front of them.

  • Great teachers can look past the bad attitude.  They realize there’s always something else going on.

  • Great teachers did not become great by accident.  They became great because they made a decision that being “good” was not enough.

  • All teachers have bad days.  Great teachers never lose perspective, and they refuse to let their personal drama undermine the positive energy in the classroom.”

  • Great teachers are always in pursuit of a better lesson.  They demand the same excellence of themselves that they work for in their kids.


Our world is a better place because of the passion and dedication of great teachers everywhere.  
They inspire me daily.

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RE@L adds, “They inspire us daily too!”

Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, was his visionary response to educational reform needed in K-12 schools. Saturn was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom served as an experienced high school mathematics teacher, a school administrator at Saturn School and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. Tom is also a member of the RE@L Team ----- Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L, Inc and one of the founders of MECC, Inc - the Minnesota company that brought “Oregon Trail” and more than a hundred products to millions of K12 students across the world. His work in building new paths for MECC’s “consumer” market” was instrumental in the start of an Industry in K12 EdTECH: including school-markets, students, teachers and parents. RE@L Inc continues to serve K12 as a LearningProduct "launching pad" for schools, online learning and the rapidly growing STEM market as a whole.