Saturday, January 1, 2011

What are the 13 vitures of a TEACHER?

What do you think should be in the list of the 13 most important Virtues for TEACHERS? It was extremely difficult for me to choose only 13. I'm sure that yours would differ. It is a good exercise for all teachers. Try it yourself and leave your 13 virtues in a comment to this post.
I got the idea from Ben Franklin, who came up with 13 Virtues that we all should live by. They are at the bottom of the post.

Dave's 13 Virtues of a TEACHER
1. Adaptable
2. Collaboration
3. Communication
4. Discipline
5. Empathy
6. Explanation
7. Helpful
8. Humor
9. Integrity
10. Knowledge
11. Patience
12. Organization
13. Respectful

Here are some words that were close but didn't make my list.
Attitude, Caring, Compassion, Consistency, Determination, Dignity, Facilitate, Fairness, Forgiveness, Hopeful, Humility, Instruction, Intelligence, Passionate, Professionalism, Organization, Questioning, and Trust.

Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues
1.Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
2.Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
3.Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
4.Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
5.Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
6.Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
7.Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8.Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
9.Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10.Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
11.Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
12.Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
13.Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


Milena said...

Nicely done - I agree with everyone of your choices. This is a great way to frame the start of a new year.

Denise said...

Hi Dave,
I took your challenge and came up with my 13 virtues of a teacher. I posted them on my blog...

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Don Breedwell said...

Great listing. So good to compare them with Ben Franklin's time as well. Now to take your challenge and create my own virtues. Thanks for the great info!