Qualified vs. Effective Teachers

Patricia Hawke

In the Berryessa Union School District in San Jose, California, they are noticing the difference between highly “qualified” teacher and actually effective teachers. They are starting to see that the certification a teacher has and how extensive their resume is with college courses and credentials doesn’t mean that they will actually be effective in teaching the students.
When hiring teachers for a school, the only requirement is that they are “qualified.”  Schools loos at the teachers educational background, what schools they have been to, what college courses they have took, what their test scores are and what their credentials are. Just because someone looks good on paper doesn’t mean they can do the job effectively.
Teachers are fundamental to a child’s life because they spend fifty percent of their childhood in school with these teachers that are ineffective. Statistics show that there is a fifteen percent chance that a student will get a highly effective teacher for one year and the statistics on having a highly effective teacher five years in a row is only 1 in 17,000.  These statistics are unfortunate. We want our children to have the best and get the most out of their elementary, middle and high school education so they are prepared for college.
Currently colleges and teacher programs in schools are saying they don’t have resources or time to educate the teachers on how to effectively teach and prepare students for college. Of course, not all teachers fall short in their effectiveness in teaching, but the majority does and that’s because of the flawed college curriculum for Liberal Studies. While getting their degree in teaching, they are not taught how to work with students or how to understand social development. Their main focus in college is to teach the kids how to be critical thinkers and how to motivate them.
It’s important for teachers to have great people skills and be able to work with every individual student. This is the foundation of teaching.  Teachers need to not only be effective in teaching the students and preparing them for college and life, but they need to be able to effectively communicate with the students parents to ensure the student gets the best support possible.
Throughout Elementary, Middle and High School, students need the most support they can get. These years can be tough, with all the new information they need to retain, all the planning for college and their careers and the pressures of balancing their social lives. If they have teachers that aren’t effectively teaching them it wastes their time and energy. A statistic said that a student learning from an ineffective teacher three years in a row could hinder their achievement by fifty percent.  That’s why is so important for colleges to extend their teaching programs to teach Liberal Studies Majors “how” to teach and not just how to get students to critically think.
This needs to be a reform throughout all schools. They need to reach out to current teachers and require off campus classes to teach them how to effectively teach the students and communicate with parents. This will benefit our children and help give them the education they deserve to start a fulfilling life.
Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit San Jose School Ratings  and San Jose School Rankings