What Makes an Effective Teacher Effective?

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Transparency in Teaching (stuff)
What Makes an Effective Teacher Effective?

What makes an effective teacher effective? That’s a pretty subjective question, isn’t it? I’m beginning to believe that so much of what people think makes education good is subjective. For example, who decides what kids need to know for state tests and how to decipher those scores? Or who decides what is essential and should be taught in schools? Not to mention, who comes up with the best way to prepare college students to become teachers? It’s all someone’s opinion. Somehow the “Powers the Be” (and whoever decides who they are) have to agree on what it means to be educated and who is best qualified to educate. So what does make a teacher effective?

What factors equal effectiveness?

Today’s podcast delves into how districts decide who stays and who goes. We examine the various qualities an “effective” teacher should have and who sets those standards. We also discuss the National Board certification process! Ummm, did you know there was a board certification procedure for teachers? (pssst, I didn’t realize until recently). Why aren’t districts and universities doing more to help teachers along that path? But wait! Is certification even the ultimate sign of effectiveness?

Effectiveness is not objective.

Sharyn, Jen, and I get into what we think makes teachers effective. Surprise! Basically, it is a big mix of many factors that cannot be quantified objectively. There are too many variables. Too many moving parts contribute to a teacher’s ability to make a difference in their students’ lives. So what’s a parent, an administrator, or a district to do to be sure their students have the best teachers possible? Listen, and see if you agree with our take on what makes an effective teacher effective!

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