What makes an effective teacher? It’s difficult to tell, but when you’ve had one, you know. Some states are trying very hard to measure “good” teaching, but how can we do this? It’s been argued that it’s hard to pinpoint just what good teaching is. Margaret Danielson is an expert on this subject and the creator of a popular rubric which explores excellence in the classroom.
It accounts for engagement, student involvement, level of academics, and all aspects of classroom teaching by dividing up good instruction into domains. These domains really help in reflecting about planning engaging classes, and thinking about areas of opportunity to improve one’s own teaching. Danielson spoke on a panel recently moderated by Chelsea Clinton. She advised that she did not intend for her rubric to be used in high-stakes teacher evaluations, which is currently being done.