What mindsets drive teacher effectiveness?


"Teaching for learning requires adaptive mind-sets, flexibility, and persistence," explain Arthur L. Costa, Robert J. Garmston and Diane P. Zimmerman. "When focusing on teaching and learning, the dispositions of the teacher's mind are more predictive than discrete behaviors." In a co-authored ASCD Express article, they list five dispositions that they say drive effectiveness and should be enhanced. To help educators consciously activate those states of mind, Costa, Garmston and Zimmerman present questions that each educator should ask when faced with a difficult situation. Read on.

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