Good teachers know they have a special talent. They know how to communicate and they are savvy problem solvers. They are effective social organizers as well as a therapist when they have to be. Teachers have insight and relentless energy. They use their innovative skills to transfer knowledge the students need to function in this age of tech advancements. They know how to get the best out of the students. And they know some of those students won’t get what they teach the first time, or the second time, so patience is a must if teachers want to succeed. Success to a teacher is their ability to improvise at the drop of a hat and to break through the confusion and the fear that students develop from living in homes that don’t appreciate the importance of a good education.
Some educators believe the teachers who teach to benefit students always get better with practice but some teachers teach to satisfy their self and that is when a breakdown in the teacher-student relationship occurs. Teaching takes a lot of skill and hours of preparation, but that preparation doesn’t prepare them for all the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. Teachers do what others don’t want to do. And most people love them for their unending sacrifices. Most parents respect teachers and many parents develop a close relationship with them. That relationship is all about the love parents feel for what teachers instill in their kids. And the love teachers feel when they know parents have their backs and appreciated them during good student times as well as the not so good times.
Rocketship Education, the California-based elementary public charter school initiative started in a church in San Jose, California. Preston Smith, one of the co-founders of Rocketship thinks his company is a work in progress. Smith also believes in personalized learning. That’s why teachers in Rocketship schools in Washington D.C., Wisconsin, Tennessee, and California make house calls. Rocketship teachers take the time to understand the interests and needs of students. And the best way to cultivate those interests is to make every student feel important and special. Smith thinks Rocketship teachers eliminate the sameness that plagues regular public schools. The Rocketship environment is Petri dish for learning thanks to a value system that respects all students no matter where they come from or what they look like.
Rocketship Education also honors the power parent have in the education process. And Rocketship schools know their teachers play an important role in developing a school culture that accepts all students. Teachers help build student relationships that are built on friendship, mutual respect, and honesty.
There is a lot of talk about public charter schools right now. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is funneling more money into the charter school system. She believes Rocketship schools and other private schools are able to increase student comprehension. Public charter school test scores are showing how important these schools are when it comes to receiving a well-rounded education.