What makes for an outstanding teacher?
What makes an educator outstanding is really a matter of opinion. For some a quiet class with students studiously working is fantastic. For others a chaotic, but controlled class is ideal. All teachers have their niche and it's how they use that niche to help their students be successful that makes them extraordinary. For instance, in a recent Twitter post by @MathMinds on Jim Grant's Stance of Extraordinary teachers it says that extraordinary teachers "teach the children they have."
I find this so true! There are days I wish I had some of my past students or that "dream class." But there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not troubleshooting my current class of students. Its the teachers that live in the now and focus on improving the behavior and academic skills of their current students that should be considered extraordinary. Teachers really become outstanding when they understand the needs of their students and use those to build a classroom geared towards their students. And even more, evolve and change it as each year of students moves through the classroom.