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100 Quality Classroom Teaching and Learning Attributes

Presentation skills - The instructor:  





speaks in an audible voice.


varies the tone and pitch of voice for emphasis and interest.


avoids distracting mannerisms.


maintains eye contact throughout the class.


avoids extended reading from notes or texts.


speaks at a pace that allows students to take notes.


uses classroom space well.


makes the subject interesting.


is enthusiastic about the subject matter.


 Rapport with students - The instructor:





addresses students by name.


attends to students comprehension or puzzlement.


provides feedback given at intervals.


uses positive reinforcement.


incorporates student ideas into the class.


welcomes student participation.


models good listening habits.


motivates students.


stimulates interest in the course subject(s).


responds well to student differences.


demonstrates a sense of humor.


uses effective classroom management techniques.


demonstrates flexibility in responding to student concerns.


welcomes multiple perspectives.


treats students impartially.


respects constructive criticism.


is able to help many kinds of students.


Clarity  - The instructor:





defines new terms or concepts


elaborates or repeats complex information.


uses examples to explain content.


makes explicit statements drawing student attention to certain ideas.


pauses during explanations to allow students to ask questions.


responds to questions clearly.


emphasizes major points in the delivery of the subject.


explains the subject matter clearly.


relates course material to practical situations.


 Instructor organization - The instructor: 





arrives to class on time.


states the relation of the class to the previous one.


locates class materials as they are needed.


knows how to use the educational tech needed for the class.


posts class goals or objectives on the board.


makes transitional statements between class segments.


follows the preset structure.


conveys the purpose of each class activity.


is well-prepared for class.


ensures the objectives of the class are clearly stated.


uses class time efficiently.


ensures learning activities are well organized.


ensures class remains focused on its objectives.


 Content knowledge - The instructor:





makes statements accurate in their field.


incorporates current research in the field.


identifies sources, perspectives, and authorities in the field.


communicates the reasoning process behind operations or concepts.


is knowledgeable about the subject matter.


is confident in explaining the subject matter.


pitches instruction to an appropriate level.


uses a variety of illustrations to explain content.


provides for sufficient content detail.


focuses on important content in the field.


demonstrates intellectual curiosity toward new ideas.


 Variety and pacing of instruction - The instructor:





uses more than one form of instruction.


pauses after asking questions.


accepts students responses.


draws nonparticipating students into the discussion.


prevents specific students from dominating discussion.


helps students extend their responses.


maps the direction of the discussion.


mediates conflict or differences of opinion.


demonstrates active listening techniques.


provides explicit directions for active learning tasks.


allows enough time to complete active learning tasks.


specifies how active learning tasks will be evaluated.


is able to complete the topics scheduled for the class.


provides time for students to practice.


Impact on Learning - The instructor:





helps develop rational thinking.


helps develop problem-solving ability.


helps develop skills / techniques / views needed in the field.


broadens student views.


encourages the development of students' analytic ability.


provides a healthy challenge to former attitudes.


helps develop students' creative capacity.


fosters respect for diverse points of view.


sensitizes students to views or feelings of others.


helps develop students' decision-making abilities.


develops students' appreciation of intellectual activity.


develops students' cultural awareness.


helps students develop awareness of the process to gain knowledge.


stimulates independent thinking.


Instructional Strategies - The instructor:





uses teaching techniques that are appropriate for goals.


has a broad level of questioning skills.


raises stimulating and challenging questions.


mediates discussion well.


proceeds at an appropriate pace.


uses multimedia effectively.


ensures board work is legible and organized.


creates ensures course handouts are used effectively.


provides clear directions for group work.


facilitates group work well.


helps students to learn from each other.


helps students apply theory to solve problems.


effectively holds class attention.


provides an effective range of challenges.







Overall teaching ability of the instructor is high.