Having been a teacher myself for almost ten years, this prompt spoke to me. A great teacher gets students excited to learn, and when he or she teaches, has such enthusiasm for teaching that this is felt by their students. What makes a teacher great is their ability to go above and beyond for their students, whether through researching creative ways to present a subject to students, spending their personal time to find resouces on the Internet to make a lesson more meaningful to students, or taking extra professional development classes on a subject to stay abreast of the latest trends in education. A great teacher makes students excited to come to school every day, finds time to get to know something special about each student in their class in order to create a special bond with each child, and makes his/her classroom an environment where children feel safe and their minds challenged. Great teachers are always learning themselves, and striving to improve their teaching style. Most importantly, a great teacher is one that exudes an air of caring and works to improve the self-esteem of the students in the classroom. A great teacher should exhibit excellent classroom management techniques, and create a positive learning environment for all students. She/he should have regular contact with parents whether through a newsletter or website to keep families involved with their children's education. Finally, a great teacher should help students love school, and make an impact on students that will last for years to come!

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