Teaching M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Farrington, Karin

Second Reader

Charles Strand;


This thesis explores the topic of effective teaching in the world of education. There are many definitions to describe what effectiveness is, but a central theme is comparative to educational objectives. Once goals are established, effectiveness can be measured. It is clear through literature and research that a teacher has a huge impact on their students, not only within one year but has a cumulative effect that stretches across many years. This literature review separates effective teaching into two sections: qualities and characteristics of effective teachers and practices and strategies of effective teachers. The findings were quite conclusive and showed that effective teachers are: relational, communicative, intelligent, professional, and have a growth mindset. This literature review shares a few effective strategies teachers use to impact student achievement including: classroom management, instruction, assessment and accounting for student differences.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis