This book should also be read by school administrators looking for examples on how to improve instruction either in one-to-one improvement conversations with a struggling teacher and/or in general professional learning communities. The study questions and respective answers provided by the highly effective teachers may also serve as reference points when interviewing prospective teachers.
Finally, this book should be included in teacher preparation programs. The teachers featured in this book provide years of valuable experiences, ideas and practices that are proven to be effective in any classroom setting. Prospective teachers will benefit greatly from reading about what works from the direct quotes of highly effective teachers as well as the supporting related literature.
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About the Author
Dr. Leger retired as a School Administrator in 2015 having also served as a Classroom Teacher, District Quality Supervisor and Federal Grant Director.
He is a member of the National Beta Club Board of Directors, a lifetime member of Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (APEL) and an active member of the American Evaluation Association.
Dr. Leger served on the Louisiana Standards Review Steering Committee for English, Math and Science (2015-16) and is serving on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Minimum Foundation Program Task Force and the Louisiana Commission on Assessment Review and Use in Public Schools.
He is a U.S. military veteran, father of four children and married to Jennifer.
Dr. Leger is the owner and manager of High Quality Program Improvement & Evaluation (www.hqpie.com).
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. What Is Highly Effective Teaching 1
Facilitating fun, interesting, and meaningful activities 1
Possessing a high level of teacher energy and enthusiasm 3
Exhibiting high expectations 3
Emphasizing high order thinking skills 4
Maintaining an organized classroom with consistent, structured, student-led routines 5
Exhibiting genuine caring, compassionate, empathetic and fair concern for students 6
2. What Characteristics and Knowledge Contribute to Highly Effective Teaching? 10
Pre-teaching, non-education life experiences 10
Gaining a deeper knowledge of subject content and teaching strategies 12
Mentors who provided guidance and inspiration 15
Personal reflection 18
3. What Practices Contribute To Highly Effective Teaching? 20
Lesson planning strategies 20
Meaningful activities 26
Questioning and discussion techniques 27
Classroom management routines, expectations and procedures 31
Assessment of content mastery with remediation opportunities 38
4. What Types Of Support Systems Contribute To Highly Effective Teaching? 47
Effectively communicating with administrators 47
Gaining a clear understanding of the expectations in the observation rubric 50
Receiving and heeding immediate feedback following an observation 52
5. MS. O’BRIEN 55
6. MS. MILLER 70
7. MS. LANE 84
8. MS. FRANKLIN 93
9. MS. LOGAN 103
10. MS. TURNER 120
11. MS. DAVID 133
12. MS. FLYNN 142
13. MS. MANNING 149
14. MS. MURRAY 159
15. Summary Of Major Findings 170
16. Conclusions 172
17. Implications For Practice 174
Effective teachers 174
Effective teacher preparation and professional development 175
18. Concluding Remarks 178
19. References 181