10/17: What makes an effective teacher?

Moderated by Maureen Downey

What makes an effective teacher? Is it strong colleges of education or talented principals? How do we judge effectiveness?

I look at those questions today in my column, while a Suwanee mother of three argues that lessons about other religions have a place in our schools.

Read what we have to say and comment.

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October 17th, 2011
2:22 pm

A good teacher has to have “Dedication” and a “Spirit” that something will be accomplished and learned. These kind of teachers are confident of their own education and wise enough to recognize that students are different but they know each student is capable of learning if they can reach that inquisitive mind. A mind is too much to waste by not trying for the teacher as well as the student.

Beverly Fraud

October 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

A question no one wants to answer; if we spent even a fraction of the time we spend discussing “fixing the teacher” discussing ways to SUPPORT the teacher, and improve TEACHING conditions, might the STUDENTS not benefit from such a discussion?

But what should we expect from someone who OPENLY advocated Beverly Hall remain at the helm of APS for the “stability” she provided?

Beverly Fraud

October 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

There is one thing that makes teachers much more effective. Good teaching CONDITIONS and that, by definition, includes supporting the teacher as the adult authority figure in the room.

Oh, don’t worry Maureen will never address it, because it goes against the “blame teachers first” mantra.

Plus, Maureen has repeated assured us, discipline is NOT a “pressing issue” in the schools.