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10 Current Truths About Effective Teaching

  1. Work to reduce the size of student "school groups" so that the teacher is able to build relationships with students.
  2. Remember/emulate the climate and tone of the elementary school.  Students’ work is on display, and lots of visual stimuli are present to promote thinking about behaviors and contents.
  3. Spend time with students in "non-instructional" ways.  For example, spend time with them at sports events, as club advisors, or when you see them in the community.
  4. Ample rewards and awards help the students feel they are being appreciated for their thinking and work.
  5. Reduce the isolation and independence inherent in teaching by interacting with teachers, parents, and students.  See teaching as a collaborative effort among many constituent groups.
  6. Do not sit down while you teach.  Rather, monitor the classroom by interacting with students and assisting them one-on-one.
  7. Make lessons "real" and "hands on" so that students have opportunities to engage in genuine learning experiences.
  8. Use/develop your sense of humor.  Avoid sarcasm, but be willing to laugh at tense situations and even yourself.
  9. Establish big/high/rigorous expectations for students; plan and teach in small segments.
  10. Look for opportunities to develop a strong rapport with each student.

Doda, George, and McEwin. (1987). 10 current truths about effective schools.  Middle School Journal, 18(3), 3–5.