Teacher Effect

January 1st, 2012 | Admin

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The Teacher Effect was first published in the mid-1950 in the Doctoral Dissertation of Robert Rosenthal. In a 2000 study, Professor Sherman said the following: “Even though the initial expectations formed by teachers may be realistic and appropriate, researchers have found that sustained expectation effects certainly do occur and often limit students’ learning and self-concept development. This evidence suggests that teacher expectations play an awesome role in the learning of students. It seems contradictory, then, that those teacher expectations play such a small role in most teacher education training programs. Since expectation effects are vast and too often unrecognized by teachers, it seems the only remedy is to focus attention on teacher expectations through in-service and pre-service training. Simply put, teacher expectation research should permeate all facets of teacher education programs. Only when every teacher becomes cognizant of the behaviors that express expectations and fully understands these expectations’ effects on students, can educators guarantee that they promote positive learning experiences for all students.



    • In a 1999 article, James Rhem wrote, “Superb teachers can teach the unteachable; we know that. So, what I think this research shows is that there’s a moral obligation for a teacher: if the teacher knows that certain students can’t learn, that teacher should get out of that classroom. Read More ->   James Rhem


    • On January 15, 2012, CBS ran a piece on 60 Minutes about an autistic child who initially withdrew because he was not being challenged. He is now 14 and at college doing his masters degree.  Watch the video ->


    • On April 22, 2012, the LA Times ran a piece on how the Corona-Norco Unified school district gives teachers the freedom to experiment instead of prescribed lesson plans, boosting scores and graduation rates in the heavily Latino, low-income district. The district was named a finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education. Read More ->   Inland Empire

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