Teachers often make do with what they have and are happy with any credit they receive. There are many things that others can do to make their jobs easier but their jobs are not easy. Teachers want several things from their students, parents, administration, other teachers, and the local community. Many of these things are easy to comply with, yet these stakeholders fail to fulfill these simple wants that could make each teacher tremendously better than they are. So what do teachers want? They want something different from each of the stakeholders that they deal with on a daily basis. Here, we examine twenty-five things that teachers want that would improve teacher quality significantly across all classrooms. Teachers want students to come to class each day ready to learn. They want them to come prepared, focused, and motivated. They want students to enjoy the learning process and to be active participants in the learning process. Teachers want students to be respectful. They want students to respect their authority. They want students to respect each other. They want students to respect themselves. A respectful and trusting environment allows teachers to maximize learning opportunities each day.

What do teachers want

Teachers want students to understand that the concepts they are teaching them are meaningful. They want their students to make real life connections. They want their students to see the big picture and to understand that they truly are there because they want to make a difference. Teachers want students to be critical thinkers. They want students who desire to understand the process of finding the answer as much as the answer itself. They want students who are not lazy and are as invested in learning as the teacher is in teaching. Teachers want students to recognize individual strengths and weaknesses. They want students to apply their strengths so that others in the class can learn from them. They want students to be aware of their weaknesses and to make a continuous effort to improve upon those weaknesses. Teachers want parents to understand that they genuinely have their child’s best interest in mind. They want parents to understand that they are not out to get their child. They want parents to see them as the educational expert that can provide their child with a quality education. Teachers want parents to support them. They want parents to take them at their word and not to question their motives. They want parents to support and reinforce classroom management strategies which they have in place. They want parents who will volunteer to help out in any area help may be needed. Teachers want parents to be involved with their child’s education. They want parents to take an active role in the education of their child. They want parents who will ensure that all homework gets done and that the child is getting plenty of rest so that they will be alert in class each day. There are certain resources that they must have but they understand that money can be tight for schools.