For years, the secrets to great teaching have seemed more like alchemy than science, a mix of motivational mumbo jumbo and misty-eyed tales of inspiration and dedication.
We intuitively know this, and the data backs it up--having a good teacher matters. What common traits were identified among superb teachers? 1) They set big goals for their students, 2) continually reworking how they teach, 3) recruit students and parents into the process, 4) focused on student outcomes (not teacher actions), 5) planned meticulously and 6) relentlessly refused to surrender to typical problems (socioeconomic, budgetary, bureaucratic, etc.).
Via Seth Dixon