Teacher Clarity is “a measure of the clarity of communication between teachers and students” (Fendick, 19990, p. 10) and is a vital factor in ensuring students learn. In fact, with an effect size of 0.75 (Hattie, 2016) there is strong evidence that teachers whose students perceive them as demonstrating a high degree of clarity in their communication are more likely to succeed.
Teacher Clarity is more than whether a teacher speaks clearly. For a teacher to have Teacher Clarity it means they have complete understanding about what students are to learn, know, and be able to do in an upcoming unit of work before they plan any instruction and assessments. What this means is that Teacher Clarity is not one single thing but many including:
- Examples and guided practice
- Assessment of student learning.