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  1. 1. AGSC 325 Characteristics of Effective Teachers
  2. 2. Who Was Your Favorite?
  3. 3. Who was your favorite? <ul><li>What were they like? </li></ul><ul><li>What specific characteristics did they possess? </li></ul><ul><li>How did they “run” the classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the attitude toward the subject? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rosenshine & Furst <ul><li>Research on teacher performance criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewed 50 studies addressing teaching effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Identified 11 behaviors of effective teachers across all subject areas </li></ul>
  5. 5. Your Task <ul><li>Break into your groups </li></ul><ul><li>Each group will be given a different “characteristics” </li></ul><ul><li>You will have 12 minutes to prepare a brief presentation (may use the board, paper/markers provided, role play, etc.) to TEACH the characteristic to your classmates </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? Then get started! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Clarity <ul><li>Explain concepts in a way that is understood by students </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions in a complete manner </li></ul><ul><li>Subject matter contains organization and structure </li></ul><ul><li>Use appropriate examples and illustrations </li></ul>
  7. 7. Variability <ul><li>Several teaching techniques and methods used by the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal to a variety of the students’ senses </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate the levels of cognition in lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Divide tasks into smaller segments </li></ul>
  8. 8. Enthusiasm <ul><li>Teacher enthusiasm is a major contributor to student motivation and interest level </li></ul><ul><li>Use physical movement, voice inflection, facial gestures </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate creative approaches </li></ul>
  9. 9. Task-oriented / Business-like Behaviors <ul><li>Teachers most concerned about student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Serious, organized approach to the course </li></ul><ul><li>Set forth high expectations of students </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully select and use appropriate teaching methods and techniques for delivering material </li></ul>
  10. 10. Student Opportunity to Learn Material <ul><li>Give the student some way to USE the information </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to focus on various kinds of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize performance objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria for learning used to evaluate students’ progress </li></ul>
  11. 11. Less Important Behaviors <ul><li>Use of student ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Use of structuring comments </li></ul><ul><li>Types of questions </li></ul><ul><li>Probing </li></ul><ul><li>Level of difficulty of instruction </li></ul>
  12. 12. Remember Your Favorite?
  13. 13. What Characteristics Did They Possess? <ul><li>Clarity </li></ul><ul><li>Variability </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Task-Oriented/Business-Like Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Student Opportunity to Learn Material </li></ul>
  14. 14. What Did They Not Possess? <ul><li>Clarity </li></ul><ul><li>Variability </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Task-Oriented/Business-Like Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Student Opportunity to Learn Material </li></ul>
  15. 15. Which Will Come Natural To You?
  16. 16. Which Will You Need To Work At?
  17. 17. Observe your professors at Texas A&M---what characteristics of effective teachers do they possess? Assignment:
  18. 18. Discuss the five characteristics of effective teachers mentioned in class in a two-three page paper.  Be sure to include your views concerning the importance of the characteristic in a positive sense, and downsides of the characteristic in a negative sense.  Feel free to include examples you have experienced throughout your education.  Grading will be based on:   content included; completeness; organization; grammar; and spelling. DUE: February 4 th (posted to your website) Assignment #2:
  19. 19. Be Prepared To: <ul><li>Name each of the characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the characteristic as discussed in class </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an example of the characteristic in a real-life teacher you have had experience with </li></ul>
  20. 20. What Kind Of Teacher Will You Be?!
  21. 21. Coming up… <ul><li>Learning Styles on Monday </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete the learning style inventories for ILS, VARK and Multiple Intelligences-bring your results to class </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating a website to post your assignments (9/3 and 9/8) </li></ul><ul><li>Either bring your own laptop loaded with MS Frontpage or bring a FLASH drive! </li></ul>