On Teaching

Picking up a red pen will make you grade more harshly.

And on greatness in general, via TFA:

The two best metrics of previous success tend to be grade-point average and “leadership achievement”—a record of running something and showing tangible results. If you not only led a tutoring program but doubled its size, that’s promising.

Meanwhile, reflectiveness and/or a master’s degree in education seem to have no impact but scoring high in “life satisfaction” does.

These are Teach For America-based findings. The use of data is significant but Teach For America is very much a product and poster child of the current high stakes testing environment. I would take how they define a great teacher and what they view as success in the classroom into consideration. Also, the success indicators uncovered here seem largely like indicators of success in any field, not just in teaching specifically.


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