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As defined by JCCC faculty (spring 2015)

A successful teaching environment joins three integral parties: an effective teacher; willing, prepared and capable students; and supportive staff and administration.

  • Effective teaching requires content expertise. Effective teaching demonstrates deep subject knowledge, including key concepts, current and relevant research, methodologies, tools and techniques, and meaningful applications.
  • Effective teaching reflects sound instructional methods drawn from the scholarship of teaching and learning. Effective teaching uses a variety of proven methods for engagement and assessment that facilitate student mastery of the content. Effective teaching cultivates a supportive learning environment that allows students to think critically and experiment with the material, providing constructive, encouraging and corrective feedback.
  • Effective teaching communicates successfully. Effective teaching clearly articulates high, achievable and purposeful expectations. Students receive timely, substantive feedback in appropriate forms. Effective teaching adeptly guides meaningful course activities, allowing students to advance their knowledge or skill.