Biggest influences on student achievement

Biggest influences on student achievement

Teacher estimates of achievement (Teacher expectations)
Teachers expect great accomplishments from their students, and they don’t accept anything less.
When teachers believe each and every student can soar beyond any imagined limits, the children will sense that confidence and work with the teacher to make it happen.
Collective teacher efficacy
School staff share the belief that they are able to achieve collective goals and overcome challenges to impact student achievement (YES WE CAN!)
Self-reported grades (Student expectations)
This strategy involves the teacher finding out what are the student’s expectations and pushing the learner to exceed these expectations. Once a student has performed at a level that is beyond their own expectations, he or she gains confidence in his or her learning ability.
Response to intervention
Provide early, systematic assistance to students who are struggling in one or many areas of their learning
Teacher credibility
Students are very perceptive about knowing which teachers can make a difference. There are four key factors of credibility: trust, competence, dynamism and immediacy
Classroom discussion
The teacher stops lecturing and students get together as a class to discuss an important issue. Classroom discussion allows students to improve communication skills by voicing their opinions and thoughts. Teachers also benefit from classroom discussion as it allows them to see if students have learnt the concepts that are being taught.
Teacher clarity
The importance to clearly communicate the intentions of the lessons and the success criteria. Clear learning intentions describe the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that the student needs to learn. Teachers need to know the goals and success criteria of their lessons, know how well all students in their class are progressing, and know where to go next.
Reciprocal teaching
An instructional process devised to teach students cognitive strategies that might lead to improved learning outcomes. The emphasis is on teachers enabling their students to learn and use cognitive strategies such as summarising, questioning, clarifying, and predicting, and these are “supported through dialogue between teacher and students as they attempt to gain meaning from text”.
Providing formative evaluation
Any activity used as an assessment of learning progress before or during the learning process itself.
Feedback
The most powerful feedback is that given from the student to the teacher. This feedback allows teachers to see learning through the eyes of their students. It makes learning visible and facilitates the planning of next steps. The feedback that students receive from their teachers is also vital. It enables students to progress towards challenging learning intentions and goals.