The focus of this book is the teacher. The content is presented within the context of a person—the teacher—as opposed to viewing teaching skills as isolated processes. The book is research-based, and the style and format are designed to be user-friendly, providing easy-to-use summaries and tools for teacher effectiveness. In building on the framework provided in the first edition, this new edition provides an update on research related to effective teaching. Added features in the second edition include a focus in each chapter on the qualities to emphasize when working with both at-risk and high-ability students.
If finding or becoming an effective teacher were simple, this book would not be needed. If a single method for developing an effective teacher existed, such a teacher would be in every classroom. Nonetheless, there are common attributes that characterize effective teachers.
Teachers have a powerful, long-lasting influence on their students. They directly affect how students learn, what they learn, how much they learn, and the ways they interact with one another and the world around them. Considering the degree of the teacher's influence, we must understand what teachers should do to promote positive results in the lives of students with regard to school achievement, positive attitudes toward school, interest in learning, and other desirable outcomes. This understanding should be based both on what experts and stakeholders think teachers should do and on what education research has shown to be significant in the preparation and practice of effective teachers.
The second edition of Qualities of Effective Teachers chronicles the common background and identifies the common behaviors that characterize