Demonstrates caring and understanding within an environment of high expectations.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective teachers develop and maintain a positive and nurturing learning environment where students know their teacher cares about them and their learning. Effective teachers encourage students and maintain high expectations for learning while also recognizing unique challenges and diverse circumstances of students. Teachers equitably organize, allocate, and manage time, space, and attention to meet the needs of all students.

What Effective Teachers Consider

Do I have high expectations for my students? Do I believe all students in my classroom can succeed? Am I approachable and caring for all students?

  • Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
    (Doug Lemov, 2010)
    Chapter 1 specifically discusses setting high academic expectations.
  • Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching
    (Robyn R. Jackson, 2008)
    Chapter 3 specifically discusses high expectations for students.
  • What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most
    (Todd Whitaker, 2011)
    The difference between more effective teachers and their less effective colleagues is not what they know, but what they do.
  • An Environment of High Expectations (5 min) Davis School District
    Build an environment that inspires students to do their best by showing you care and holding them to high expectations.
  • Communicating High Expectations (3 min) ASCD, 2008
    Education expert Robert Marzano advises teachers to mentally review each of their students to see whom they have low versus high expectations.
  • Teaching as Leadership website,
    This website offers “how to” guides, annotated illustrations, common pitfalls, and tools to help all teachers embody the principles and strategies that distinguish highly effective teachers in low-income communities.
  • Stanford University, Characteristics of Effective Teachers, Stanford University – Teaching Commons.
    This resource discusses the ways effective teachers appear again and again to display certain characteristics, while ineffective teachers tend to make the same mistakes repeatedly. Take a look at what effective teachers do right and what less effective teachers tend to do wrong.
  • Aptos High School, What will I do to communicate high expectations for all students? ,
    Aptos High School lists ideas for communicating high expectations to all students.
  • First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide, Second Edition, by Julia G. Thompson, How to Let Students Know You Care , Teach Magazine.
    Six strategies for checking-in with your students and keeping tabs on how they are doing.