Good teaching is the single biggest indicator for student success, and while we spend more money to teach our students than in any other country, we achieve at lower levels than our foreign counterparts.
So, what makes for a good teacher, and how do we know it when we see it?
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked that question of 3,000 students and their teachers in a recently released study that took 3 years and cost $45 million dollars to complete.
What they learned is what most kids already know, students are the best judge of what works.
So, what do kids think good teachers have in common?
Good teachers challenge students, relay clear expectations, and make students believe that what they do matters.
In a world where students need to compete, connect, and cooperate around the globe, we need to listen to what students say they need to prepare them for meaningful careers in a globalized environment.
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