Least Effective Influences
- Whole language
- Perceptual-Motor programs
- Out of school curricula experiences
- Distance Education
- Teacher subject matter knowledge
- Ability grouping
- Teacher education
Most Effective Influences
- Self-reported grades
- Piagetian programs
- Providing formative evaluation
- Micro teaching
- Classroom behavioral
- Comprehensive interventions for learning disable students
- Teacher clarity
- Reciprocal teaching
I must admit that I don't know what some of these are. I do have some observations.
- Using evaluation to provide feedback is effective - I do not have the specifics and am unsure if this is regarding students or teachers. However, I do feel that it is important for both teachers and students to have formative evaluations. At times it is difficult for us as teachers to make changes unless we are given a nudge in the direction of improvement. Often times these changes are unnatural and uncomfortable for us. Focusing on these changes through the lens of a formative evaluation can be helpful if done in a supportive, non-punitive setting. I can see the same being true for students. Evaluations are an indicator of how a student is performing. We need to help students use evaluations to determine both there strengths and their weaknesses. We also need to help them improve in their weak areas through the development of a plan.
- Feedback is important - Feedback does help us grow. Others see what we have done and how we perform differently than we do. Through feedback we change our perceptions about ourselves and learn how we can improve our performance. This feedback must be specific and immediate (or as immediate as possible).
- High expectations - Most of us have no idea what we can really accomplish. We like to live comfortably and rarely reach beyond what is comfortable. Setting high expectations can be an effective influence if done so in a supportive environment.
- Self-reported grades - This allows students to take ownership for their learning. Students learn to be self-reflecting which teaches them meta-cognitive skills. Through development of these skills students will recognize where they need to improve and what skills they have to help them through learning difficulties.