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West Meets East

In this book the authors point to the impact of globalisation on education and job market requirements around the world. They also show how the US educational system is left behind the countries such as South Korea, Finland, Singapore, Hong Kong (a special administrative region of China), Shanghai (a province-level city under direct control of the Chinese central government), Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Its domino effect can be seen in the American students' disability to compete over word's most sought-after careers with students from India and China. The need for compatibility between job market requirements of critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, collaboration, creativity, and effective communication can be achieved by the world-wide accepted pillar of education, which is 'Teacher Effectiveness' factor (Mendro, Jordan, Gomez, Anderson, & Bembry, 1998; Muijs & Reynolds, 2003; Stronge, Ward, & Grant, 2011). These are the qualities of effective teachers:
  1. Prerequisites for Effective Teaching, including characteristics such as a teacher's educational background, professional preparation, verbal ability, content knowledge, educational coursework, and teacher certification.
  2. Teacher as a Person, with an emphasis on a teacher's nonacademic interactions with students and professional attitude.
  3. Classroom Management, with the purpose of establishing a classroom environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.
  4. Planning for Instruction, including the practices of maximizing the amount of time allocated for instruction, communicating expectations for student achievement, and planning for instructional purposes.
  5. Implementing Instruction, including the practices of using instructional strategies according to particulars of student needs, understanding the complexities of teaching, using questioning techniques and supporting student engagement.
  6. Assessing Student Progress, such as using homework and ongoing assessment to solicit data of student learning, providing meaningful feedback, and applying the findings of student learning outcomes to improve instruction
Here, you can read the rest of the book to learn what makes you an effective teacher.