School Effectiveness

Posted: May 20, 2014 in Education Information, Education Reformation

When searching for what made school effective, I found this (http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_What_Makes_School/) article. This article points out great ways on how to be an effective school, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on it as a student.

The author’s first point is that the school must be a safe and organized place. I totally agree. Although I think there’s a difference between being safe and organized, and feeling safe and organized. If schools are safe and organized, it usually means they’re pretty well off. They have their rules, they have their ideals, and they keep things in line. But students might still feel in danger of other kids. In order to feel safe, the teachers must be caring and compassionate without being patronizing. They should treat us like the people we are — Children, adolescents, or young adults. And then the students feel comfortable in class, and they know they have at least one higher up to go to with problems.

Point two: Have high expectations for the students. I agree and disagree with this one. I agree that teachers and leaders shouldn’t just let us slide with whatever, but they need to push and motivate, not just expect and give bad grades if it doesn’t happen. There’s one teacher of mine that just recently… “Left” his job, that comes to mind. He would let you work on things until you were done. He didn’t just expect you to have this done, and then give a grade based on the finished product. He kept up on how things were going, he pushed you to finish and have a quality result, he was great. Then there are other teachers (I’m looking at the math teachers here) that just toss a whole lot of homework at you, give a depthless, “half-baked” lesson, and leave you for dead when you show up sleep deprived and only half done. Have high hopes and motivate us. That’s how we work, or else we grow up never living up to anyone’s expectations. And that’s very unsafe.

Three: Have a relatable leader. I give a “yay” on this one. My principle isn’t around a whole lot, but he’s there when he needs to be. He’s pretty laid back, he’s up for chatting, and so are many of the other teachers and leaders. And that’s important, as I stated in the first point. It lets the kids know that they have leaders to go to, to look up to. It gives them actual teachers, not just people who lecture.

Up next is having a clear mission. I don’t really care much or hear much about our school’s mission, but I know that having one at least gives the school’s administration something to enforce and come up with rules by. It gives a little bit of a backbone for the rules, some structure. That’s all I have to say about that, just because I don’t hear much of my school’s.

The authors fifth idea, is to monitor the students’ progress. I think this goes back to having the teachers push and motivate us. It just comes with pushing the students to do better. It’s common sense.

We’re almost done here, second to last point: Provide an opportunity to learn. That doesn’t just mean be open, but it means being efficient in class. Providing an opportunity must be worked for, not merely given.

Lastly, the author says there must be a partnership between the school and home. And that is completely true. There needs to be a constant drive for success. Constantly pushing, constantly motivating.

Notice how there’s no “Have lots of homework!” or “Be cruel!” It’s all easy going. It’s all well driven, and structured around the students and the relationships the students have with the administrators. There needs to be a relationship, not just a student and a teacher.

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