Effective teachers- what sets them apart from the rest? Much reasearch (Atmowardoyo, 2018; Fabry, 2010; Sammons, 1995; Stronge, 2018; Thompson et al, 2004; Van de Pol, 2010) can be found on the characteristics possessed by effective teachers. I am sure most educators, like most professionals, want to be effective in their role or their career. Few people set out to be ineffective or just okay when they walk through the door on their way to work. We strive to be the best we can be- BUT, for most of us, it does not come naturally or easily. We need to work at our skills, our attitude, and our understanding to continue to be effective. Being effective on day 1 or year 1 does not equate to being effective 5 years late- it takes time, practice, and dedication.
How many of us look at ourselves now and say 'I only wish I looked like I did when I was 22'? If you look at yourself now, at 40, and say 'WOW, I look better than ever'- think about your dedication, your new routines, and your desire to become the best you. IT TAKES TIME!!!
To be effective, you need to work at consistently. The old saying practice makes perfect- it is true! We may not become perfect with practice, but we will grow, develop, and continue to transform into our 'best me'. Check out the Bill Gates' YouTube clip, Everyone Needs A Coach, and think about it- we all need help to develop- it takes work. If you want to be effective and continue to be effective, you need to work at, you need to dedicate time and effort to challenge yourself. Like a professional athlete, you do need support to continue to transform.
My Inclusive Classroom is a consultancy firm that offers support to teachers with their practice, but I know that it is not reasonable to assume every teacher can and will access outside support to help them grow. This does not mean they do not want to be effective or a good teacher, it simply means they did not receive outside support for whatever reason. This blog and our social media sites aim to offer bits of advice (thinking, practical, and a combo) for that very reason- not everyone can access a coach!
This post looks at what effective teachers do to be effective. Keep reading and check out the list we are sharing. Think about each point-
Keep reading! Reach out to us if you have any questions (or leave a comment), we are here to listen.
Effective teachers- what do they do that makes them so awesome?
✨Hey effective teachers, WHAT DO YOU DO?
Don't forget to check out our Part Two: Acknowledging Underlying Assumptions, this is Part Two of our pd support to help teachers add a little more structure to their reflective practice. Part Two of our professional development program aims to take the identified situations/contexts in Part One, and explore them in a bit more depth. Part Two is about acknowledging your feelings and your thoughts about different situations or contexts. It is only the second part....so stay tuned for more releases. The aim of this support is to start the process of opening your mind, challenging yourself, and starting the transformation (or continuing the transformation) towards a more effective teacher.