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ERIC Number: EJ917640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
She's Strict for a Good Reason: Highly Effective Teachers in Low-Performing Urban Schools
Poplin, Mary; Rivera, John; Durish, Dena; Hoff, Linda; Kawell, Susan; Pawlak, Pat; Hinman, Ivannia Soto; Straus, Laura; Veney, Cloetta
Phi Delta Kappan, v92 n5 p39-43 Feb 2011
A study of 31 high-performing teachers in low-performing urban schools found that these teachers had certain traits in common. They were strict; they taught in traditional, explicit ways; there was little time in their classrooms when instruction was not occurring; and they moved around the room helping their students. They used very few constructivist or cooperative activities. And they stressed particular virtues, including respecting self and others, working hard, being responsible, never giving up, doing excellent work, trying one's best, being hopeful, thinking critically, being honest, and considering consequences. They strongly believed in their students' potential and pushed them to achieve.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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