Education Drivers

Teacher-Student Relationships

Research shows that a category of teacher skills called personal competencies has a powerful impact on teacher effectiveness. The foremost of these competencies is the teacher-student relationship. Evidence finds that teachers who create a positive relationship have a large effect on increased student achievement; they also have fewer discipline problems, office referrals, and related conduct issues. Qualities of a teacher’s personal competencies with the largest impact include being consistent, providing structure, having an assertive presence, showing empathy, exhibiting warmth, encouraging learning, setting high standards, being adaptable, displaying awareness of high-needs students, being culturally sensitive, and showing respect for students. It is important to understand that simply caring about students isn’t enough. A teacher who shows warmth but lacks the other qualities will founder. Establishing an effective teacher-student relationship requires a balance of these competencies. These skills do not necessarily come naturally to new teachers, who must be trained in their use. Many pre-service and in-service programs fail to emphasize the importance of these soft skills and to operationalize them and support teachers in using them in the classroom.

Data Mining

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What are the critical influences in a classroom that result in improved student performance?
The analysis examines direct influences tht have the greatest impact on student performance. 28 categories were distilled by combining the effect size along professional judgment of educational experts.
States, J. (2010). What are the critical influences in a classroom that result in improved student performance? Retrieved from what-are-critical-influences808.
How Important is Classroom Management?
This review looks at meta-analyses on the impact of classroom management and it's role in student achievement.
States, J. (2011). How Important is Classroom Management? Retrieved from how-important-is-classroom.
What behavior management factors reduce disruptive behavior?
This review looks behavior management practice elements that have the greatest impact on reducing disruptive student conduct.
States, J. (2011). What behavior management factors reduce disruptive behavior? Retrieved from what-behavior-management-factors.
What is a teacher's impact on student achievement?
This review examines multiple meta-analyses on the power teachers play in student achievement.
States, J. (2014). What is a teacher's impact on student achievement? Retrieved from what-is-teacher's-impact.
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The effects of contingent teacher praise, as specified by Canter's Assertive Discipline programme, on children's on-task behaviour

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of contingent teacher praise, as specified by Canter's Assertive Discipline programme, on children's on task behaviour. Continuous data collection indicated that following training in the appropriate use of praise, as specified by Canter, all three teachers successfully increased their rates of praising. Of the 24 children, all but one evidenced increases in levels of onā€task behaviour.

Ferguson, E. & Houghton, S. (1992). The effects of contingent teacher praise, as specified by Canter's Assertive Discipline programme, on children's on-task behaviour. Educational Studies, 18(1), 83-93.

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The Technical Assistance Center on PBIS provides support states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework.

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