BRAVOLesson blog Feb 25th. 
All pupils and students deserve fantastic teaching 
and all teachers deserve constructive feedback! 
That is the core of school improvement.

 

 A systematic approach to improve teaching. Our ten part series continues – this is part 2.

How to make a good teacher? – the headline of the editorial article in the 2016  June issue of the magazine The Economist. The question is a summary of a global challenge where many nations invest more and more in public education. The article describes profession that is starting to transform in many countries – to be a teacher is an art and a beautiful craft but is now also a profession that is about systematics based on research and best practice with focus on continuous improvement.

The question is important since high performing teachers generate one and a half year of learning per academic year. The ten percent low performing teachers only generate half a year of learning per academic year. It does not have to be like that. 1)

“The ten percent low performing teachers only generate half a year of learning per academic year.”

According to the article few other professionals are so isolated in their work, or get so little feedback, as Western teachers. In other words, other parts of society have much more focus on the quality of “production” than the school.

“Few other professionals are so isolated in their work, or get so little feedback, as Western teachers.”

There is every reason to read the texts in The Economist regardless of whether you are a teacher, principal, head of school, politician, parent or student. In the articles – because they are two – everyone will find perspectives for raising both the school debate, school development and teaching.

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1) Hanushek, Eric. The economic value of higher teacher quality.  Economics of Education Review 30 (2011): 467

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We hope you will follow our series! It will continue until the summer of 2019 with one new part every two weeks. 

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PS. Do you want to read the articles from The Economist? Here you will find the editorial article and here you find the main article.

 

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