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The Good Teacher Toolkit

Project Zero resources help you dig into your practice and navigate common classroom dilemmas
Good Teaching

What makes a good teacher? There’s no single answer — and no one way to be proficient. But it’s a question that should spur reflection, and that’s something teachers may find hard to make room for in their daily lives. After all, assessing one’s own practice can feel like an indulgence when placed next to the critical business of getting through a lesson plan.

Tools and resources developed by Project Zero’s Good Work Project can help teachers carve out the time to enter that reflective process, offering them structure and guidance as they navigate their own particular questions and explore common classroom dilemmas.

The “Good Work framework” — which positions the notion of good work as encompassing excellence, ethics, and engagement (“the 3 E’s”) — provides a scaffolding that teachers can use to think about what good teaching means to them.

And they can use the framework to help students reflect on similar questions — what good work means in their capacity as learners and as people beginning to think concretely about their aspirations.  

Action Items

  • Watch “What Does Good Work Look Like?,” a video made to document a mini-course taught by educator Ron Berger at the 2013 GoodWork Conference, in which he inspired teachers to support and celebrate young people’s desire to do meaningful work.
  • Read a case study [PDF] on how a culture of good work was developed by and for faculty and students in one school setting (specifically pages 10–12).

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