Or Maybe It's Magic

So I was at a small meeting on Friday with some third and fourth grade teachers. One of the teachers was talking about her current student teacher working in her classroom. She told us she was thankful she "got a good one this year" because the last two she had were just hopeless. It got me to thinking and I asked her (and the others around the table): "Do you think that good teaching is a talent you are born with (you either have a knack or you don't)? Or do you think that good teaching can be learned?" The consensus around the table was that you either had what it took or you didn't, that it couldn't really be learned.

I would tend to agree with this, but the jury is still out. Any thoughts?

5 comments:

Max said...

I was born this way.

hannah said...

I think there are many people in college who don't know what they want to do so they teach. They don't have what it takes and they don't have a passion for it. The result many bad teachers who hate their jobs and probably their lives....

Anonymous said...

Both. Born with the aptitude but the skill can be sharpened! Mom

Anonymous said...

Oddly enough, I too was born like Max...

chalkdustmakesmesneeze said...

Is teaching an art, or a science?

The "science' of teaching can be taugth, but you're born with the art.

A GOOD teacher is born with it.

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