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As many of you know, I am in schools all over Texas - schools that serve economically disadvantaged populations and I have been looking at EOC/STAAR data (Texas State Assessment) at every opportunity. Some performance looks disappointing, some looks Ok and some remarkable. How would you describe the "remarkable" teacher with "remarkable" student performance? What makes their classroom "remarkable"?

Jun 4, 2014 8:58pm

As a Professional Instructional Coach, I am on a journey to make a difference in Texas public schools. Looking forward to hearing and learning from others...

  • Other
  • 6-12
  • Differentiation / Engagement
  • Critical Thinking / Release of Learning

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    • Jun 17, 2014 10:10am

      A great teacher uses a wide range of instructional strategies that motivate students to learn and engages students in the process of learning. Students then take ownership for their own progress and teachers serve as facilitators rather than lecturers or merely observers. Dynamic and fun teaching techniques help students get excited about education and keep teachers excited as well!

      • Jun 21, 2014 7:14am

        A remarkable teacher is adaptable, empathetic,evolving and caring. A teacher must put herself in her students shoe to know their perspective and then lead them towards the deeper understanding. A teacher must be willing to change according to the needs of their students tries to seek ways to handle the situations with the students and colleagues which allow every one towards positive learning.

        • Jun 19, 2014 7:50am

          Suzanne: I love the way you used the words "they encourage, push and even invade space to make sure students are truly understanding the concept". You have just increased my understanding and definition for "scaffolding":-)

          • Jun 19, 2014 7:52am

            Wendy: This idea of "ownership for their own progress" can take on so many meanings in the classroom and I appreciate the focus you put on the use of instructional strategies and the connection to student motivation. Great response:)

            • Jun 19, 2014 8:04am

              its just how they show the students and how they teach it just has to be slow so the students can understand

              • Jun 20, 2014 5:45am

                Thanks Magda for your response. So much of what we do is about the connections we make between what the student understands and what we do as effective teachers:)

                • Jun 23, 2014 1:21pm

                  Naila: Nicely put...I love how you frame our work up front and what sticks with me is this idea that we have to "evolve" in our work to be remarkable teachers:) Thanks for sharing your thoughts:)