I just saw the newest Indiana Jones movie, after having re-seen the first three last week. Here is my list of light-hearted and semi-serious thoughts on How A Good Teacher Is Not Like Indiana Jones. Feel free to add your own ways on why a teacher should not (or should) be like the famed action hero.
A good teacher….:
… does not have a whip as part of his/her professional “toolkit.”
… respects his/her student’s cultural background and doesn’t smash or abuse it, and doesn’t use it as a blunt force weapon against someone, especially not against their head.
… doesn’t necessarily hate snakes, but might feel that way about standardized tests.
… juggles a lot of balls in the air, but avoids having a humongous one that tries to roll him/her over.
… always keeps his/her eyes open to what’s going on (even if it might mean being turned to dust by malevolent forces)
… is willing to take risks, but isn’t reckless. Examples of being reckless might include jumping out of an airplane with an inflatable raft as a parachute, clinging to the top of a moving submarine for a thousand miles, or doing a science experiment that might result in an unhealthy explosion.
… believes that knowledge is gained through hard work, and not from beings from another dimension.
… hangs out with people who want to put their heart into what they believe, not take it out….