We're busy reading and discussing some pretty interesting ideas and issues at the moment in my study. Effectiveness has sparked some really interesting debate, and don't even let me get started on 'authentic' - I will save that for another post.
Our latest discussion has centered around what makes an effective teacher. We've read a lot, discussed and debated our thinking, challenged ideas and beliefs.
'Effectiveness' of a teacher is still something I am always arguing with myself about. Is it becoming all about test scores and meeting standards? Is it deeper than that? Is an effective teacher one who can inspire and motivate students who may not have been inspired or motivated? What if these students don't meet the standards, or don't pass an exam / test, but love school and learning for the first time through the encouragement and support of a teacher? Isn't that being 'effective'?
What, to you, makes an 'effective' teacher?