Tips from a great teacher
When it comes to teaching math, Lynn Pittner has plenty of methods for helping young children develop a conceptual understanding of the subject. As a math specialist at Davis Primary School in St. Charles for more than five years, she has spread her passion and enthusiasm for math throughout the building, colleagues say.
But there's far more to being a great teacher than having a wealth of knowledge. Here are some words of advice Pittner offers to other teachers:
• Build relationships with your students. Love each and every one.
• Make sure your students know you care.
• Be fair and consistent.
• Have high expectations for your students. ALL students will succeed.
• Never do for students what they can do for themselves. Support them, but productive struggle is important for learning.
• Build relationships and collaborate with colleagues.
• Be passionate about learning. Be a lifelong learner.