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If You Had A Good Elementary Teacher You Need To Read This

Using data from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, let's take a trip back to multicolored rugs, naptime and "cooties." Let's try to remember the qualities that we cherished about the teachers who introduced us to school.

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Enthusiasm for Teaching

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According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the most important characteristic for teachers of early childhood development is enthusiasm and passion for children.Think... making learning the alphabet exciting

Patience and Humor

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Teachers managed to keep their heads in light of accidents, short attention spans, and unparalleled energy of children... Think... sugar rushes, attempts to make naptime a thing, and stained pants

Communication Skills

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Teachers manage to not only communicate effectively with the children, but to their parents about needs, skills, and achievements.Think... golden star charts and "one, two, three... eyes on me"

Respect of Differences

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Instead of forcing a child to adapt to a certain learning style, a teacher diversifies the style. The teacher also respects the differences that make children unique. Think..."different strokes, for different folks"

Creativity and Flexibility

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Teachers plan activities that both engage and educate require mass amounts of creativity and flexibility. Think... writing words in shaving cream and learning to count with jellybeans

Great. Teachers. Rock.

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Hopefully this quick trip down memory lane brought back some slight nostalgia and appreciation. The qualities listed above are not easy to master yet our teachers managed to teach us how to read, write and cooperate while incorporating nap time, snack time and recess!

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