Teachers make a difference.
A number of research studies have shown that the #1 factor on influencing student learning is the effectiveness of the teacher.
More than class size, more than curriculum, more than funding... the quality of the teacher makes the biggest difference.
*** Make Instruction & Learning the Priority
- Establish clear goals, objectives and focus
- Focus on what is within their control
- Base instruction on standards; prioritize - spend time on what students need most
- Utilize a variety of instructional strategies
- Base instructional plans on the needs of the students
- Design hands-on, problem-based activities based on real-world applications
- Seek depth of understanding
- Provide opportunities to question, debate, explore, examine, and wonder
- Monitor and assess - Provide regular, meaningful feedback to students
- Use formal and informal assessment to guide instructional planning
- Maximize instructional time
- Maintain a safe, orderly, productive environment
*** Know & Respect Their Students as Individuals
*** Cultivate Professional Responsibilities
- Work in partnership with others; develop teams for instructional support and sharing of resources and leadership responsibilities
- Know your subject content
- Demonstrate life-long learning habits
- Reflect and review own teaching practices (Journaling, portfolios, reflective thought/discussion)
- Method doesn’t matter – Use what works (Personal preference)
- Teach students to also reflect and self-evaluate