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Students defined by their desire.

Byline: The Register-Guard

OK, so it's easy to sit back and think about the recipe for a great teacher. But what about the most important ingredient for a good education - the student?

The 20Below News Team asked several of its favorite teachers to complete the sentence: "Great students ...'

"Great students pursue their education for the sole purpose of education, not for a good grade. It has little relation with intelligence and drive. I get kids who are intelligent and kids who are hard workers and kids who are both, but it is rare that I have seen a student who is fueled by the desire to learn. These are the most rewarding students to teach."

- Chris Johnson, English,

Siuslaw High

"Great students are broken down into two categories. The first is not very exciting to me, but it deals with organization. That is self-explanatory. The second is the reason I became a teacher: to fan the flames of intellectual curiosity. Give me a student who thrives on seeking out new knowledge and is constantly questioning the world we live in, and that is the core of what makes a "good" student. They are usually avid readers, travelers, and challenge me to stay one step ahead of them."

- Brad Bellingham, history,

Elmira High

"Great students make the teacher's job easier, whether it's a positive attitude, helping others, being an example or even taking on some of the teacher's tasks. They are people who are self-motivated, have clear goals for themselves and are actively involved in activities that will help them reach that goal. They are polite and treat teachers with adult respect, and they strive to make the full use of their academic potential."

- Catherine Hampton,

English and journalism,

Marshfield High

"Besides the obvious of completing daily tasks, being on time, respecting classroom rules, etc., a great student is courteous and seeks to create a friendly relationship with me so I can know my students as real people. They actively help me by participating and encouraging a positive interaction rather than just sitting on the "receiving" end. A great student realizes that a class is an opportunity and actively strives to make the opportunity a positive one for everybody, students and teacher."

- Jackie VanRysselberghe, French,

Sheldon High
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Title Annotation:Schools
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 17, 2004
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