What to you constitutes a good teacher? Is it the testing scores? Students have no accountability for these national tests. The tests are supposed to show what the students know and have learned, yet if a student wakes up that testing day and just decides not to care about the test they could theoretically mark everything wrong. Hopefully they dont not to mention the fact that some of these tests must be taken by the end of April instead of the end of May when teachers and students could be using that extra month to improve their skills. Is it the US overall ranking versus the rest of the world? The US tests almost every student, not so with other countries. However other countries have developed some successful teaching methods yet some countries still send their best and brightest to the US for their education. Is it the teacher who assigns the most homework or is it the teacher that keeps kids interested for 50 minutes in class and gets the work done there? Is it the teacher who responds to parents emails and concerns immediately or is it the teacher who is too busy teaching and researching things for their lessons and can't respond till later in the day? Im curious what the public perception of a good teacher is as I see an awful lot of teacher bashing lately. I also notice plenty of people complaining that teachers only work 9 months out of the year. If a teacher puts in 50 hours a week which isnt uncommon they will have put in the hours of a 45 work week year. Which means they have the equivalent of 7 weeks off for the year. I know thats not the way it is but Im comparing hours worked in the education week to the regular work week. Now, how many of you get 3-6 weeks paid vacation time off? The teachers time off is unpaid. I have enormous respect for good teachers and like many of you I dislike the paycheck teachers. You know the ones who show up to just get their check. A good teacher that invests themselves both emotionally and mentally in their classroom and can inspire kids to achieve their best is probably worth more than they are paid but that type of teacher also really doesnt care that much because they arent there for the money. Its just hard to sit and watch so much teacher bashing on here and the general lumping of the bad ones with the good. So many people on this site get mad when slob hunters are called hunters because they hurt our image yet teachers always seem to be lumped together. I feel bad for the teachers I respect because of this Wisconsin mess and the national backlash which seems to be out there.