A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day
Authors Bryan Goodwin and Elizabeth Ross Hubbell have collaborated their expertise and research to develop a meta-checklist in order to condense and balance the crucial aspects of a great and effective teacher; the ability to be demanding, supportive, and intentional. Their text, The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching serve as the basis for specific things teachers can do in the classroom to improve their teaching and the success of their students on a daily basis. These 12 items are broken down into three sections:
Item 1: Use standards to guide every learning opportunity.
Item 2: Ensure students set personal learning objectives.
Item 3: Make performance expectations clear.
Item 4: Measure understanding against high expectations.
Item 5: Engage student interest.
Item 6: Interact meaningfully.
Item 7: Use feedback to encourage effort.
Item 8: Create an oasis of safety and respect.
Item 9: Make the most of every minute.
Item 10: Help students develop deep knowledge.
Item 11: Coach students to mastery.
Item 12: Help students do something with their learning.
Utilizing their checklist aligns all of the components together and when applied daily in the classroom it can greatly impact educators and students performance and experiences.
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