What does it mean to be a “good” teacher?

What does it mean to be a “good” teacher? A “bad” teacher? An “average” teacher? The quality of teachers is constantly under scrutiny, however, we do not have a good comprehensive way to evaluate teachers. The No Child Left Behind legislation pushes for the teacher’s students to take an exam. Their scores would determine the quality of teaching that the teacher provides. In my own experience, in the state of Florida, I have had to take an examination that would determine the quality of my teachers. My peers took the test as a joke or as a way of revenge on our teacher, purposely getting poor scores, determining her “quality” of teaching.
Even if students did not know which exam would test them or evaluate their teachers, an exam is not the best way to evaluate quality. In the case of low socioeconomic school districts and students, students with disabilities, or students with behavioral issues, testing for quality can be a nightmare. Evaluation exams cause teachers not to want to teach students with needs or who would need extra help. In this case, there can be no shortcut to evaluating teachers. Long-term evaluations by watching the teacher teach, listening to student feedback, and lesson plans are ways in which a comprehensive evaluation could take place. Teacher evaluation exams only cause stress for both parties. They cause the teacher stress because their pay or job could be determined by the scores their students get. Students will also be hurt by these evaluations exams because the teacher will be force to teach only the material involved in the exam instead of teaching to learn and gain other practical critical thinking skills. Policies that discourage teachers from helping the neediest students and to work in the neediest schools is a major problem for our public education system.

        By Anonymous 2