What Makes a Teacher Effective?
What makes a teacher effective? Research indicates that teacher preparation/knowledge of teaching and learning, subject matter knowledge, experience, and the combined set of qualifications measured by their teacher license credentials are all leading factors in teacher effectiveness.
Recently, some critics have questioned the role of teacher preparation as a key to teacher effectiveness. It’s time to separate fact from fiction, truth from myth about teacher preparation. Most of the research findings on pre-service teacher preparation are consistent with common sense and the experience of those in the classroom. Here are five key findings from the existing research on teacher preparation:
1. Teacher preparation helps candidates develop the knowledge and skill they need in the classroom
2. Well prepared teachers are more likely to remain in teaching
3. Well prepared teachers produce higher student achievement
4. Leading industrialized nations invest heavily in pre-service teacher preparation
Available research supports the idea that high quality teacher preparation is important. Well prepared teachers outperform those who are not prepared. No credible research reveals any advantage to students of having teachers without preparation.
Step By Step Learning® works with school districts to implement a comprehensive evidenced-based approach to literacy that includes assessment, effective classroom instruction techniques, collaborative problem-solving and research-supported multi-sensory intervention models to ensure all students succeed in reading. Through a professional development model that includes ongoing coaching and mentoring support, Step By Step Learning® crafts a unique implementation strategy for each local district.