The Best Teachers Aren’t Heroes

But We Still Don’t Know What Exactly a Great Teacher Looks Like—or How to Build More of Them

Beth Shuster, Mari E. Koerner, Stephanie Wood-Garnett, Elizabeth Green

We’ve all had bad teachers—and many of us have had great teachers, too. It seems as though it should be simple to figure out what the great ones have in common, and how to instill those traits in teachers-in-training. Yet figuring out what defines a great teacher—and how to make more of them—is a complicated and even contentious subject, said a panel of education thinkers at an event co-presented by the Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Los Angeles Times education editor Beth Shuster, the evening’s moderator, opened the …

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