A Breakdown of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching
Goodwin and Hubbell’s (2013) The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching is an excellent resource on effective teaching practices, and it synthesizes many practices into a manageable framework and growth ideology. It is not the one ideology, however, which will revolutionize education. The ideology which will finally revolutionize education already exists. We just won’t stick with it because we have so many stakeholders distracting us from the people who hold the key to quality education: our students!
Our students, if we let them drive education, can transform learning for future generations. Their ideas about learning have been influenced by a global culture through online communication with friends from literally every other populated continent, and most American teachers can’t imagine how ingenuitive their thinking paradigms are compared to ours. If we use effective relationship skills to foster communication with these ingenuitive and creative kids, we can let them use a world of resources to learn in new ways as we share effective relationship strategies and management tools back with them.
Touchstone Lesson Sample
Touchstone One: I use standards to guide every learning opportunity.
Touchstone Two: I ensure students set personal learning objectives for each lesson.
Touchstone Three: I peel back the curtain and make my performance expectations clear.
Touchstone Four: I measure understanding against high expectations.
Touchstone Five: I engage student interest with every lesson.
Touchstone Six: I interact meaningfully with every student.
Touchstone Seven: I just feedback to encourage effort.
Touchstone Eight: I create an oasis of safety and respect in my classroom.
Touchstone Nine: I make the most of every minute.
Touchstone Ten: I help students develop deep knowledge.
Touchstone Eleven: I coach students to mastery.
Touchstone Twelve: I help students do something with their learning.
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