James Stronge has created a rare book describing effective teachers, because his book is based on the premise that it is the classroom teacher as a person that makes the biggest difference in studies of effectiveness, and he devotes an entire chapter (Chapter 2) to “The Teacher as a Person.” Also included are focuses on the ways a really effective teacher is prepared, manages the classroom, creates instruction, delivers the lesson, and checks and responds to students. Part 2 of the book moves from information about effective teaching to follow-up checklists, “red flags of ineffective teaching,” subject-specific indicators of effectiveness, and finally follows up with very interesting annotated research summaries and quality resources to explore further.
The author has been a teacher and counselor, has been a district-level administrator, and as a college professor at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, has focused on the fairest ways to evaluate teaching and support personnel. He has written many publications including a book called Evaluating Teaching: A Guide to Current Thinking and Best Practice (Corwin Press). The book which is the center of Qualities of Effective Teachers is, perhaps, his most personal and appreciative of the skills and practices of excellent teachers.
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This course exceeded my expectations. The instructor, book, and writing prompts increased my knowledge and strategies extremely well and were wonderfully practical as well as interesting, and I've been a teacher over 30 years!