1. Praise can do more harm than good

Giving out the wrong kind of praise can be harmful to students. Numerous studies conducted by education experts including Carol Dweck professor of psychology at Stanford University and Auckland University professors John Hattie and Helen Timperley, have observed this.Research has also found that teachers can do things well or badly, and some methods are not appropriate in all circumstances.


2. Instruction matters

The quality of teaching has a big impact on the achievement of students from poorer backgrounds and effective questioning and assessment are at the heart of great teaching. This consists of making sure you give enough time to children to practice their new skills and introduce their learning progressively.




3. Teacher beliefs count

The reasons why teachers do certain things in the classroom and what they hope to achieve has an effect on student progress. Mike Askew, the author of Effective Teachers of Numeracy, found that beliefs about the nature of maths and what it means to understand it, along with teachers’ ideas about how children learn and their role in that process, was an important factor in how effective they were.


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