Education: What Makes an Effective Teacher? It Takes a Village
Apr 7, 2013 Teaching 2619 Views
How do we measure the effectiveness of a classroom teacher?
This one needs answer, right? And, answer/s must come from the people in the know. Does it mean he/she must have a doctorate degree--- or PhD, after his name?
As I read a discussion looking for effective teacher in the classroom, I found out that experts/people in the know have varied interpretations of what an effective teacher should be:
He/she must be a learner;
He/she must be well-organized;
He/she must have mastery of the lesson;
He/she must love kids;
He/she must be willing to experiment, and not afraid to change; and so on...
I Me and Myself, not an expert here, BUT have something to say:
Well, for me an effective teacher does not have to be highly schooled, but should be humanely absorbed. What do I mean by this? Having doctorate degree does not add up to becoming effective teacher as what one opines; in fact, this is one way of talking down to students and peers as well--by simply believing that he/she has the highest educational attainment, and should be the smartest around. LOL.
Sans wisdom to understand students' vulnerability to err especially during hard lessons, which means beyond their experiences; say, how would they know about four seasons if they have had not a slightest idea of what was summer like, where in fact what they only had known was winter!
Scaffolding here is vital for them to get the whole picture of the lesson. By presenting them different countries with their seasons through videos or pictures or texts--depending the ages of students, and their skills to process information, simply because some students are visual learners, others are aural, few are tactile, and the rest is combination of some.
Here, creativity and resourcefulness of the teacher is vital, and he/she does not have to be a PhD degree holder, but common sense, kid-sense, stakeholders support and the like are suffice enough.
In a reading class where students with challenges in deciphering, fluency, and comprehending texts--as they try to make sense of the texts, er the letters or chunks or phrases or what... an effective reading teacher knows how to help them learn to read, and read to learn-- later.
Well, I am lucky to get to know one good reading teacher who did not have any doctorate degree, and yet could make challenged readers get the desire to learn to read, and enjoy the habit of reading. Her unflinching desire to help kids read is big plus here to become one effective reading teacher. She is worth emulating!
Individual student portfolio, books of varied gradation-- from beginner to expert--could speak volume about the tremendous effort, dedication she has spent/observed towards making her wards read, with ease and fluency.
Last March 21, 2013, during our recognition day she was given a certificate of recognition for her commendable work.
In fact, with her own initiative to put up a reading class has inspired other teachers around to become more conscientious, creative, dedicated in their responsibilities to help their wards learn the ABC, 123, and DOREME... with ease and fun!
Well, am referring to Mrs. Marilou Escalante Malvar, a grade- two teacher at Gumaok Elementary School, and has been a Reading Recovery teacher under the tutelage of the dynamic, brilliant and humble Miss. Esperanza Diaz-Cruz, English Education Supervisor ( Elementary Department ) of the Division of San Jose del Monte City, Philippines.
Their commendable work, together with the support of the school principal, co-teachers, parents and the rest has been fruitful and meaningful to their students, who are now facing a new challenge of furthering their skills in acquiring knowledge and using them to their own benefits.
How I wish I could see their number growing in the department towards ensuring quality education where poor students can be valuable assets, become sane citizens and enlightened ones to make a difference.