Bill Gates said, “I believe in innovation and that the way you get innovation is you fund research and you learn the basic facts… I’m enough of a scientist to want to say, ‘What is it about a great teacher?” Each day, great teachers make hundreds, perhaps thousands, of intentional classroom decisions that drive instruction, their interactions with students, and ultimately the success that they and their students enjoy.
Teacher Moves combine a broad knowledge of techniques with an understanding of how, when, and under what circumstances they can be strategically applied. Having a broad range of instructional alternatives to draw upon and awareness from past experience about their relative efficacy in particular settings provides a robust foundation for teaching excellence. Although few of the Teacher Moves in this collection meet the measure of Gate’s research-based definition of effectiveness, most of these strategies enjoy some degree of anecdotal evidence as to their quality.
In no particular order and without any empirical evidence to support the claim, we concur with Michael Goldstein’s conclusions about the five things that teachers care most about (Adapted from: Studying Teacher Moves, 2012)
The Teacher Moves section has been adapted from the above list and organized according to the needs and wants that all teachers seem to share.