Our book, Effective Teaching Methods: Research-Based Practice by Dr. Gary D.Borich is an effective source when studying teaching methods. This book was also the textbook for another teacher’seducation class in my undergraduate degree from Texas A, TEFB 324.
I noticed that after reading the firstchapter of the book, “The Effective Teacher,” and reading the article posted onBlackboard, “The Effective Teacher,” that both articles are almostidentical. Both the article and the chapterare mainly about effective teachers and what makes them so effective. The article and book explain that teacherswere originally thought to be effective if they were considered good rolemodels and good citizens in the community. This is still the case, butmore than being a role model goes into being an effective teacher. I believe an effective teacher hascharacteristics of a good role model in the community but also gets positiveresults from their students. The effective teacher strives to teach in astudent-centered way, where the needs of the student come first leading tobetter classroom engagement.
They value whether or not a student is learninga subject and they cater to that student’s learning needs. The articleand our book list the five key behaviors that make an effective teacher: theirlessons are clear and easy to understand, they teach lessons using a variety ofmethods, they are very task-oriented and stay on subject, they engage thestudents in the learning process, and they have a high student success rate. Both the book and the article also speakabout the five helping behaviors of effective teachers: they use student’sideas and contributions in their lessons, they structure their lessons toreinforce learned content and already learned content, they ask questions ofthe students to lead the discussions, they probe the students to expand ontheir answers to questions, and they are enthusiastic/develop positiveteacher-student relationships to facilitate learning. I feel that these are all good attributes foran effective teacher to possess.
On topof all of this, the effective teacher should be flexible and able to adapt todifferent students learning styles, as students can learn differently.