What Does It Mean to Be a Good Teacher?
The Importance of Appropriate Goal Setting
To get at defining good teaching, Mike Anderson, author of The Well-Balanced Teacher: How to Work Smarter and Stay Sane Inside the Classroom and Out, suggests teachers start by setting personal goals based on formative data collected from their classrooms.
Anderson advocates for clear, meaningful, observable goals that matter to teachers and their students and are based on the needs of students but focused on teachers' actions. He uses a four-step process for setting goals:
- Observe and collect data.
- Form a hypothesis.
- Set a goal and try it out.
- Assess through observation and data collection.
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