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ERIC Number: ED307246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-29
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of Fifty Effective Teachers Whose Class Average Gain Scores Ranked in the Top 15% of Each of Four School Types in Project STAR.
Bain, Helen; And Others
The teaching practices, the materials used, and professional and personal characteristics of 49 effective teachers were studied to determine what effective teachers do to promote learning in reading and mathematics. The students of the selected teachers ranked in the top 15 percent of scaled score average gains in reading and mathematics. A variety of instructional planning activities, teaching strategies, and materials were found in common. The teachers: (1) had high expectations for student learning; (2) provided clear and focused instruction; (3) closely monitored student learning progress; (4) retaught, using alternative strategies when children didn't learn; (5) used incentives and rewards; (6) were highly efficient in their classroom routines; (7) set and enforced high standards for classroom behavior; and (8) maintained excellent personal interactions with their students. Effective teachers, for the most part, had classes substantially reduced in size or had the use of aides. Only seven of the effective teachers had large classes. These teachers, who demonstrated excellent organizational skills, had almost two hours more teaching time per week for both mathematics and reading than the other 85 percent of teachers. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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