I have been teaching at the high school level since 2014. I was rated "excellent" two years in a row now.
Students should be encouraged to make mistakes because "mistakes are proof that you are trying" (Samantha Snyder). Students should also feel a sense of community in the classroom, where he/she feels extremely comfortable asking questions and even confident enough to let the teacher know if he/she made a mistake. Each student has his/her own way of learning, and it is vital for a teacher to be able to distinguish whether a particular student is an auditory and/or visual learner. Similarly, there is no "right way" of teaching - each teacher has his/her own unique teaching style that works as long as the main focus of the job is the student.
Rated "excellent" two years in a row.
Took all AP classes in high school; Received 3.8 GPA for a mathematics major (and psychology minor) at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut; Received 4.0 GPA in graduate school (at Quinnipiac) for Secondary Education.
First language was Italian (lived in Italy from the ages of 1 through 5); Played Division 1 soccer at Quinnipiac University; Favorite hobbies include: Power-lifting, Olympic-lifting, soccer, hiking, biking, camping