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Activities for Teachers to Examine Access to Quality Teachers
The following survey was designed by students in the Los Angeles Basin Intiative and IDEA program this past summer. This student group used this survey to investigate access to quality teachers across two local high schools.

Good teachers...


1. …see students as their equal.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

2. …create an authentic learning community where students learn from the teacher and the teacher learns from the students.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

3. …are willing to be a significant part of a students’ life.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

4. …consider the students' lives and prior experiences outside of the classroom.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

5. …are patient with students.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

6. …are motivators.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

7. …use various instructional strategies that incorporate students’ learning styles.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

8. …check frequently for understanding.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

9. …teach with passion.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

10. …are open to collaborating with other teachers, students, parents, or community members.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

11. …open up personally to their students so students will trust and open up to the teacher.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

12. …are honest.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

13. …have the proper credentials.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

14. …handle discipline fairly.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

15. …have extensive subject matter knowledge.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

16. …are organized and prepared for class.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

17. … are passionate about the subject they are teaching.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important

18. … are able to help students understand complicated ideas.
Not at all Important 1 2 3 4 5 Very Important


19. Please put a star next to the 5 most important qualities listed above.

20. If you could only choose 1 of these qualities which would it be and why?


21. Have you ever experienced this type of teaching? Yes No (circle one)


22. If yes, please give an example of what this looked like. If no, please describe the negative experience where this quality would have been desirable.



23. Are there any qualities that you feel that we left out that are important in evaluating good teaching?


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