In its most basic form, student achievement is affected by three key elements: the student, the school, and the home. While curricula, reduced class size, school, family, and community are all contributors to a student’s success, the quality of the teacher is the most notable influencing factor.
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Research suggests that teacher quality makes up for 30 percent of the difference in student performance. Another study supports this argument as it has revealed that the most effective 10 percent of teachers can achieve in half a year what teachers from the bottom 10 percent can accomplish in a whole year. Effective teachers are educators who can provide students with stimulating environments, a platform that is appropriate for the needs of the students, structure, and stability, support for weaker students, consistency and direction, encouragement and emotional support, learning tools and resources, and feedback and goal-setting.
In addition to all these, educators give advice for parents, guidance for the future, knowledge and skills, diagnosis of weakness, opportunities for unusual experiences, hands-on learning, conditions for curiosity, guided questioning, a model of lifelong learning, opportunities for teamwork and support, desire for learning, high expectations, and programs that fulfill learning in a significant and conscious way.
The factors that limit a teacher’s impact are the student and home factors. Parents can help their children achieve more by supporting their teachers, having trust in the teacher and school processes and their child’s ability to learn. They should also convey to their child how much they value learning, education, and its benefits. It would be best if they can be models of lifelong learning to their children.
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