Teacher Quality and ATARs

One of the best teachers I have had the good fortune to observe is my husband. I have had the good fortune to have observed his work as a stage 1 and stage 3 primary teacher and as a high school TAS teacher. 

He is no academic & without my help, would not have made it through Uni. But put him in front of students and he was an expert. 

I would ask why he did a particular activity, chose an approach or broke down a concept; his reply would be, “that’s just the common sense way to do it.” He was a natural and it is just common sense to him, but not to all. His data backed this up.

My husband got the 2nd lowest result of his HSC cohort. As an aside, his best friend, who got the lowest mark is now a very successful expat living in Dubai.

Band 5s and ATARs are not a measure of your success as a teacher (or anything else). Some can be taught how to teach and others are naturals in spite of their HSC results. I am unsure how to get the best of both ends of this spectrum, other than the fact that the current method may be excluding the naturals.


3 thoughts on “Teacher Quality and ATARs

  1. tinakmeyer January 24, 2016 at 3:08 am Reply


  2. Huseyin Yalcin March 3, 2017 at 10:43 pm Reply

    I came across this blog randomly as a result of looking for example templates for a first blog assignment for my Masters of Teaching (Primary), which i am in the second week of. I resonated with this short blog, as I too am no academic but a fantastic ‘common sense’ educator of 48 years old (as my ‘academic’ wife and my two inquisitive boys. Unfortunately I am already finding this Masters course challenging due to its ‘academic’ nature and ‘academic’ teaching faculty. I just fear (even at this early stage) not being able to get into the classroom to ply my common sense approach to future young minds. At least my boys will not missing out 🙂

    Thank you

  3. Huseyin Yalcin March 3, 2017 at 10:47 pm Reply

    P.s. Apologizes for some grammatical errors and incomplete sentences in my previous response. I should have proof read it before submitting it .. You Live, and Learn !!!


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