Just yesterday a principal of a large public high school told me he can easily assess teachers’ effectiveness. He observes students in the hallway and notices classroom doors with students rushing to get in, and he sees other classrooms with students entering slowly, and many tardy. Eagerness and indifference. It’s so obvious.
Just yesterday a parent told me her son loves going to his English class and often talks about it enthusiastically. She contrasted that with the polar opposite: he hates his math class and feels traumatized by the teacher leading to bullying by some of the students. Enthusiasm and anxiety. It’s so obvious.
It’s so obvious that good teaching matters and makes all the difference in a student’s life. In fact, good teaching and bad teaching impact students for a lifetime.
Findings of the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment, one of the largest studies on the impact of teacher effectiveness, found that “If students have ineffective teachers three years consecutively, they have no hope of regaining the academic loss.” The author, Dr. William Sanders, stated that “Differences in teacher effectiveness are the single biggest factor affecting academic growth in populations of kids . . . and the key is to help less effective teachers become more effective.”
(Tennessee Value-Added Assessment: Approximately 6 to 7 million records for Tennessee’s entire grades 2 to 8 student population were analyzed, 1991 to 1996.)
What’s frustrating is that teachers go into teaching to make a positive difference in students’ lives. Often we hear from new teachers that before their first day of teaching they picture their class full of enthusiastic students ready and eager to learn. Unfortunately for many, reality does not match their picture—they simply don’t have the tools and strategies to effectively engage students and excite them about learning. It’s frustrating for the teachers and dire for the students—and we need to do something to change it.
Quantum Learning is development that matters. QL trains teachers HOW to get the results they picture, and the WHY behind the strategies. Teachers desire and deserve the skills to engage and motivate students. And our students desire and deserve effective teachers.
It’s so obvious.
After applying Quantum Learning teaching methodology . . .
Teachers report —
100% are more effective
94% are more aware of student learning styles and needs
86% have more meaningful connections with students
Students report —
73% give 100% in class and improve grades
68% enjoy learning more
89% have higher self-esteem as a learner
(Field-based Master’s Study, Chicago, Illinois)