Teacher Effectivness

Here’s a great article from the Atlantic about what makes a great teacher based on research from inside the Teach for America program.  In a nutshell, their research is showing that no single factor in a students’ success is more influential than the adult standing in front of them.  Wow.

Great teachers tend to:

  1. Set big goals for their students
  2. Constantly reevaluate what they are doing
  3. Actively recruit students and their families into the process
  4. Maintain focus, ensuring that everything they did contributed to student learning
  5. Planned exhaustively and purposefully—for the next day or the year ahead—by working backward from the desired outcome
  6. Worked relentlessly, refusing to surrender to the combined menaces of poverty, bureaucracy, and budgetary shortfalls
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