What is an Effective Teacher?

Harry and Rosemary Wong wrote a book titled “The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher”. Here is a brief rundown of what makes an effective teacher:

  • impacts lives
  • establishes good control
  • continually acquires knowledge/skills
  • produces results
  • designs lessons for student mastery
  • exhibits positive expectations
  • begs, borrows, and steals ideas
  • works cooperatively and learns from colleagues
  • seeks out a role model
  • goes to professional meetings to learn
  • has goal of striving for excellence
  • is an adept critical thinker and competent problem solver
  • understands research process; uses research-based teaching practices
  • teaches and shows students that school is a place to gain knowledge, give and receive love, become successful; school is a concept, not a place
  • helps organize a First Day of School celebration
  • is dressed for success
  • is a role model for students
  • thinks and acts globally
  • has an inviting personality (works at being intentionally inviting)
  • addresses people by name
  • says “please” and “thank you”
  • has a classroom with little confusion or wasted time
  • prepares, prepares, prepares
  • cultivates a positive reputation
  • arranges seats to expedite the task at hand
  • has assignments posted daily in a consistent location
  • does not disturb class during roll taking
  • knows what results should be recorded
  • designs or modifies grade record book to record these results
  • keeps running progress of student work
  • has detailed records to allow for assessment and learning
  • uses discipline to help teach young people self-discipline and responsible behavior
  • teaches procedures for each activity early in the year
  • rehearses the class so procedures become class routines
  • reinforces a procedure when appropriate and reteaches a procedure when necessary
  • has a classroom that can run itself
  • writes objectives that tell student what is to be accomplished
  • knows how to write objectives at all six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation)
  • uses formative tests to determine the appropriate corrective help
  • grades and remediates for percentage mastery, not on a curve
  • creates learning plans using Backward Design (identify desired results, determine acceptable evidence, plan learning experiences and instruction)
  • constructs scoring guides aligned to lesson objectives
  • uses scoring guides for formative assessments
  • teaches students how to use scoring guides for personal assessments
  • implements and is part of a learning team
  • analyzes student work and instruction as part of a team
  • contributes to and helps maintain a shared vision
  • never gives up

Ok this wasn’t quite as brief as I imagined it at first, but a good reminder and guide.

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  1. Reblogged this on Sub Notes and commented:
    I love the writings of Harry and Rosemary Wong and this post sums up their philosophy pretty well.

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