What Makes Great Teaching? – The Sutton Trust

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The Sutton Trust, working with Professor Robert Coe and others from Durham University, published a report yesterday, looking at what makes great teaching.  The full report can be downloaded here – it’s well worth a read.

To make life easier for teachers, two sections of the report are shared here – the six components of great teaching and examples of ineffective practice.

The Six Components of Great Teaching – What Works:

1. (Pedagogical) content knowledge (Strong evidence of impact on student outcomes)

The most effective teachers have deep knowledge of the subjects they teach, and when teachers’ knowledge falls below a certain level it is a significant impediment to students’ learning. As well as a strong understanding of the material being taught, teachers must also understand the ways students think about the content, be able to evaluate the thinking behind students’ own methods, and identify students’ common misconceptions.

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