ERIC Number: ED472814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Taking It to the Next Level: Components of Excellent Secondary Educators.
Zarra, Ernest J., III
This paper addresses what makes an excellent secondary school teacher, what training should occur for potential secondary school teachers to enable classroom excellence, what characteristics define such excellence, and whether excellence is learned or is the product of a particular predisposition, or both. It begins by explaining how excellent teachers pass through several stages, then discusses excellent teachers' compulsion to teach and their passion for education. The paper describes teacher demand versus teacher excellence, the preparation of people to be excellent teachers, and teacher character and professional ethics. Finally, it looks at a framework that considers the pursuit of teacher excellence. The framework includes several components (mentoring and supervision, classroom management, interpersonal relationships, personal portfolio and introspective reflection, effective issue-oriented discipline strategies, and continued professional development). (Contains 25 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (55th, New Orleans, LA, January 24-27, 2003).