NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Back to results
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ971816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Inspired Responses
Steele, Carol Frederick
Educational Leadership, v68 n4 p64-68 Dec 2010-Jan 2011
In terms of teacher quality, Steele believes the best teachers have reached a stage she terms inspired, and that teachers move progressively through the stages of unaware, aware, and capable until the most reflective teachers finally reach the inspired level. Inspired teachers have a wide repertoire of teaching and class management techniques and are expert at "reading" both the situations around them and the individual characteristics and learning needs of each student. Thus they can easily draw one appropriate teaching response from many to provide individualized instruction. At the heart of inspired teaching is interpretation of the many subtle messages students send teachers about whether instruction is getting through. Steele unpacks four skills that inspired teachers excel at (1) interpreting events in progress; (2) being sensitive to context; (3) testing hypotheses; and (4) improvising. (Contains 1 endnote.)
ASCD. 1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714. Tel: 800-933-2723; Tel: 703-578-9600; Fax: 703-575-5400; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A