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1,221 hits 4.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by KikiPeepers

If you were interviewing teachers, would you pick the one that was the most caring, or the one that was the most intelligent?


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13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 12/1/08 - 11:20:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depends on the level, I guess. Elementary school, caring. Anything higher, intelligent.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 12/1/08 - 11:37:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Intelligent. My english teacher in 11th grade was a sweet woman who cared about and loved her students to death. I also learned absolutely nothing in her class.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 12/1/08 - 11:38:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 12/1/08 - 11:20:12 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Depends on the level, I guess. Elementary school, caring. Anything higher, intelligent.

exactly
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 12:26:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would pick the teacher who had the most experiences in life to share with their students. So I'm going with intelligent.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 12:28:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
They both have to have a minimum level of competence in order to be considered.

In other words, both applicants have to be qualified, skilled teachers.

This being true, I would go for the caring teacher.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 1:46:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Neither. I'd pick the one that was the best teacher.

Neither compassion nor intelligence necessarily make a great teacher. Though obviously both are necessary to a certain degree.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 2:44:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
My maths teacher was a complete a-hole, but he was an excellent teacher.

I'd have to go with intelligent.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 7:44:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 12/1/08 - 11:20:12 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Depends on the level, I guess. Elementary school, caring. Anything higher, intelligent.


Ditto
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 9:03:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
why would i be interviewing teachers?
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 11:07:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 12/1/08 - 11:20:12 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Depends on the level, I guess. Elementary school, caring. Anything higher, intelligent.

Exactly what I was going to say...
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 11:46:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 12/1/08 - 11:20:12 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Depends on the level, I guess. Elementary school, caring. Anything higher, intelligent.


I would argue that more emphasis should be placed on intelligence at all levels of education. Elementary school teachers are laying the foundation for everything the kid is going to learn.

I am actually pretty amazed at how unintelligent (or perhaps just ill-informed) elementary school teachers seem to be- - particularly in the area of science. Nothing is more damaging to a kid's future than a teacher that can't converse intelligently enough to maintain a kid's enthusiasm about any normal subject matter the kid is interested in.




13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 3:52:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 12/1/08 - 11:20:12 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Depends on the level, I guess. Elementary school, caring. Anything higher, intelligent.
On Tuesday 12/2/08 - 11:46:49 AM CowDung wrote:
I would argue that more emphasis should be placed on intelligence at all levels of education. Elementary school teachers are laying the foundation for everything the kid is going to learn. I am actually pretty amazed at how unintelligent (or perhaps just ill-informed) elementary school teachers seem to be- - particularly in the area of science. Nothing is more damaging to a kid's future than a teacher that can't converse intelligently enough to maintain a kid's enthusiasm about any normal subject matter the kid is interested in.


Correct i totally agree ......
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 4:40:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Intleegence is no good if u dont care for the students
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 6:36:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 12/1/08 - 11:20:12 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Depends on the level, I guess. Elementary school, caring. Anything higher, intelligent.

13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 6:39:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Intelligence and teaching ability.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 7:51:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/2/08 - 11:46:49 AM CowDung wrote:
I would argue that more emphasis should be placed on intelligence at all levels of education...

All the intelligence in the world doesn't amount to squat if you're so uncaring no one will listen to you, and all the caring in the world doesn't matter if you're as dumb as something too dumb to create a simple simile.

But it's long been an axiom in the teaching profession that "They won't care how much you know until they know how much you care." That's all very well and cute to cross-stitch onto a throw pillow, but I wonder if we may have erred too far in that direction. The rest of the world is kicking our butts in education, and maybe it's time we started sending our kids to school prepared to get shredded by teachers who aren't going to coddle them.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 12/2/08 - 9:00:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would look at both aspects of the equation. However, the basis of my decision would be intelligence. If the teacher cares about the student, he or she will be more inclined to give good grades based solely on circumstances, not on performance in class. If, however, the teacher is intelligent, he or she will grade based upon the student's performance in class, no matter what's happening in the student's personal life.
On the flipside, if the teacher is completely apathetic, the student will not like the teacher, and therefore his participation in class will dwindle. Let's face it, if you don't like your boss you're not going to perform well at work. Same goes for school.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 2:21:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
intelligent unless they were really mean.

I hate when teachers don't know what they are talking about.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 2:22:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
Why does everyone think that the caring teacher is incompetent?
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 2:44:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Because the question implies that the caring teacher isn't intelligent.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 3:08:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
Intelligent.

Kids can get love at home. At school they need to learn.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 9:25:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/4/08 - 2:44:47 AM Cheese King wrote:
Because the question implies that the caring teacher isn't intelligent.

...and that the intelligent teacher is uncaring.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 12/4/08 - 10:55:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Although, I would distinguish a teacher who "cares" from a teacher who is "caring." I'm not apathetic about my students, I do a lot of work trying to figure out what will help them learn, but I don't try to be their friend and emotional support.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 12/5/08 - 6:56:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd choose the intelligent teacher.
It'd give the students more of a challenge, and better prepare them for later in life.
13 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 12/5/08 - 7:27:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 12/4/08 - 2:44:47 AM Cheese King wrote:
Because the question implies that the caring teacher isn't intelligent.
On Thursday 12/4/08 - 9:25:03 AM CowDung wrote:
...and that the intelligent teacher is uncaring.

It's notable that both qualities are ideal, and that many teachers have them, but I read the question to mean that when it was an either...or situation or if one were the tie-breaker.

Some of my colleagues I admire the most are those who both distinguish themselves in one-on-one personal conversation or group shop talk w/ the most intellect, yet who work w/ our toughest, most challenging populations by choice and preference.



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