The importance of good teachers for all

On “Poor quality teachers may prevent children from reaching reading potential“:

However much we all might wish that great teachers leveled the playing field and brought every student up to impressive levels of achievement, this paper suggests otherwise: Bad teaching hinders all students, and good teaching helps all students– just not necessarily by the same amount or to the same level. It also contradicts the notion that capable students just teach themselves and don’t need good teachers.

Quite simply, good teaching helps all students reach their potential.

This also implies that we should be careful in how we measure achievement gaps: Variability in meeting basic skill levels (which we may reasonably expect of all students) are problematic, but overall variability (in reaching higher levels of achievement) may actually be a sign of good teaching.

(Full article available via subscription at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/328/5977/512?rss=1.)

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About Ming Ling
I’m an educator and researcher (trained as a cognitive scientist) who is passionate about understanding and improving how people learn. In my professional and personal lives, I seek to integrate research on learning with real-life practices that actually make a difference in how learning happens.

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