Meeting and Exceeding Student Expectations of Teachers: A Way to Achieve “Good” Teaching

Larry Cuban – maybe because it’s summer – reposted a blog that he wrote in 2013. The blog is as important today as it was then. The gist of the blog is that a well-managed classroom in combination with high teacher expectations of their students leads to better learning and that students perceive a  “good”  teacher as someone who mostly leads a teacher-centered, subject-driven academic class. A student perceives a teacher as “bad” if they try to be friends with students, use techniques (e.g., abandoning the textbook, peer grading of quizzes) that are seldom used by other “good” teachers, and tolerate student misbehavior.

He concludes with:
So, the essence of what I suggest for new and veteran teachers meeting their students the first time is straight-forward: know what students expect of “good” teachers and teaching, meet those expectations,  and then, once strong relationships with the class have been formed, move beyond students’ beliefs so they can enlarge their picture of what “good” teachers and teaching are.

 We discuss both what teacher authenticity is and means in teaching and learning as well as teacher-student relationships in our book How Teaching Happens (chapters 22 and 23). Amazon Routledge

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