Did you have a special teacher who made a difference in your life? How can you ensure that all students in your classroom, school, or district have that experience? How do the best teachers help their students achieve? What are the attitudes, attributes, and practices of the best teachers that make them beloved, respected, and remembered?
The profiles of effective teachers are as diverse as the students they teach. Still, the best teachers do share several characteristics. In Qualities of Effective Teachers, James H. Stronge synthesizes research to identify specific teacher behaviors that contribute to student achievement. Rather than look at outside factors like demographics, district leadership, and state mandates, Stronge focuses specifically on what teachers can control: their own preparation, personality, and practices.
Learn how effective teachers
" Establish, manage, and maintain learning-focused classroom environments.
" Organize time, communicate expectations, and plan instruction.
" Present curriculum to support active and engaged learning.
" Monitor student progress, identify student potential, and meet the needs of special populations in the classroom.
Teachers, educators who hire teachers, teacher leaders, supervisors, and teachers-in-training can all use this book to learn how to develop and choose better teachers-and become better teachers themselves. Skills checklists and an annotated bibliography provide a springboard for further insight and exploration.