Reading this, I was promoted to think about my teacher beliefs about what exactly it is that makes teaching effective; what is it that I’m aiming for, that I hold as best practice? Expressing this in one sentence has actually been a quite inspiring moment for me; motivating me and giving me new energy to approach my planning for next term.
Anyway, here’s my spontaneously-constructed sentence (which I also posted in the comments section on the blog post):
**Teachers have to be passionate about teaching and about what they’re teaching, and they need to know their students and how to motivate them to get active.**
So now I’m interested in your thoughts: What is it that makes teaching most effective?
I’m not looking (necessarily) for Hattie-style lists, but try to summarise your teacher beliefs into one sentence, about what is at the heart of good teaching, for you.
Please post them in the comments below! I’m really excited about hearing from you!!
Earlier this year, a piece from the Edutopia website was doing the rounds under the title “5 highly effective teaching practices”. I automatically question pieces like this as I doubt somewhat whether the purpose of the piece is actually to raise standards in the profession and develop teachers – or whether it is simply to get a bit more traffic to the website. But perhaps I am being unnecessarily cynical?
To be fair, the practices the article suggests are generally quite effective:
- State the goals of the lesson and model tasks, so that students know what they are going to do and how to do it.
- Allow classroom discussion to encourage peer teaching
- Provide a variety of feedback, both on an individual and a group basis. Allow students to feedback to the teacher.
- Use formative assessments (tests the students can learn from) as well as summative assessments (tests that evaluate…
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