Who’s Engaged? Key Skills to Help Every Teacher Succeed

We know what engaged and effective teaching looks like. It does not cost a lot of money, does not come with fancy programs, or silver bullet solutions. Best practice research tells us:

The teacher is the most important factor that affects student achievement.

When teachers create and consistently apply classroom rules and procedures our students will be ready to learn.

Teachers who provide continuous, specific feedback to students have the biggest effect on learning.

Here’s the twist:

Most of us know what to do. Even so, we fail to ALWAYS do what we know. “Usually” and “Sometimes” are not good enough, and “never” must never occur.

The Teaching ALWAYS Actions are “must do” behaviors and describe what it takes from teachers for students to achieve student learning results. In the chart below, these actions are aligned to John Hattie’s evidence-based recommendations.


Teachers that effectively use the Five ALWAYS Teaching Actions help students become more engaged and confident learners, which leads to higher student learning results. Consequently, teachers that have applied these actions have achieved great success improving student engagement and consequently student learning (see Who’s Engaged?). Let’s face it; effective teaching does not cost a lot of money and the return on investment for the money spent is invaluable to students.



1LinkedIn TeacherReady - 300x330TeacherReady® is the state-approved Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Visit the TeacherReady at http://TeacherReady.org or connect with us on Facebook to hear stories from the more than 1,200 TeacherReady teachers now making a difference as a classroom teacher. The TeacherReady curriculum is grounded in the Who’s Engaged? Student Engagement Framework.


Hattie, John. 2012. Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Student Learning.

Pilcher, Janet K. 2012. Who’s Engaged? Climb the Learning Ladder to See.

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