What does good teaching look like?

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  1. Jenlovestoteach

    Jenlovestoteach Comrade

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    Hi guys,

    I was posed with this question in a graduate class recently and I am responsible for the "dynamics of the classroom" section as it applies to the question "What does good teaching look like (to a principal)?"

    The other categories are Differentiation, delivery of content and classroom management, which makes it a little hard because there is defiinite overlap in the categories.

    So, what do you think?

    Here's my list so far....

    - Does the teacher have a rapport with the students?
    - What is the established classroom culture?
    - Is there a connection between the teacher and students and students and other students?
    - Is there interaction?
    - Do the students seem engaged?
    - Is there mutual respect?
    - Is there movement around the classroom? Circulation and scanning? Not just calling on the center
    - Are students challenged?
    - Does the teacher provide positive feedback?
     
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  3. Securis

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    - Does the teacher address "issues" in an appropriate and timely manner?
    - Does the teacher follow the schools discipline procedures as necessary?
    - Does the teacher transition smoothly from one classroom event to the next?
    - Does the teacher adhere to clearly defined expectations consistently?
     
  4. KateL

    KateL Habitué

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    I would say that good teaching depends entirely on whether the students are learning. A teacher with great classroom management but poor lesson plans is not a great teacher. Similarly, there could be a great classroom culture and everything could run like clockwork, but the students still might not be learning much. A great teacher knows the students and the material well, and is able to lead the students to learning the material in a timely fashion.
     
  5. Toak

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    There are many ways you could answer this. Thinking of different learning styles. Auditory, visual etc
     
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    TamiJ Virtuoso

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    Classrooom climate...what is it like? Warm and positive? Cold and negative?

    Is it a student-centered classroom?
     
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    Does the teacher pick up on teachable moments..that might have nothing to do with the lesson but present themselves?
     
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    The teacher is not banging her head on the whiteboard....not right away. :D
     
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    * Differentiating instruction
    * Helpful groupings of students (i.e. strong writers with weaker ones)
    * Some level of organized chaos (I teach in a pretty progressive district, no standing at the front of the classroom and lecturing here)
    * Asking probative questions that check for deeper levels of understanding
    * Using a variety of approaches that suit auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc. learning types
    * Presenting the material in a way that allows students to make a personal connection/give personal relevance to what is being taught
    * Letting students determine the direction of the lesson, when that's an option and it can be done without blowing up in your face....it can be a magical and amazing thing when that happens.

    Pete
     
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    What does good teaching look like? It's when you see all students happily on task.

    It's all the variables behind this "look" that makes a great teacher.
     

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