Factors Militating Against Effective Teaching

Updated April 17, 2017

Effective teaching is crucial in order for students to reach educational success in the classroom. Unfortunately, there are factors that disrupt successful teaching. Teachers need to be aware of the factors militating against effective teaching in order to create a positive learning environment for all students to learn.

Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behaviour can include students talking out of turn, taking too many rest room breaks, tardiness, cellphone use, not doing classwork or sleeping in class. Teachers should establish class with clear consequences if students break the rules. This will help prevent disruptive behaviour in the classroom and allow students to get the best possible education.

Classroom Management

If a teacher loses control of her classroom, even for a few minutes during a transition from one activity to the next, chaos can result. It can be difficult to gain students' attention again and get back on the track toward meeting learning objectives. The teacher should maintain an organised classroom. A teacher should know precisely how she wishes to manage a classroom when any type of issue occurs.


If a teacher does not maintain clear communication with parents, staff members and students, effective teaching is difficult to achieve. A teacher must speak clearly and loudly enough. Additionally, the teacher should frequently check for understanding to make sure she is getting the point across. This also includes answering any questions properly. Teachers should have clear classroom objectives for students to achieve, and students should be fully informed about what they are expected to learn and where they are in their progress. If a teacher is unclear in her instruction, all students will be unable to learn and move on to new material.

Lack of Content Knowledge

If a teacher is not well versed in her content area, she is unable to fully educate students on all areas of learning in the subject. Teachers need to be knowledgeable on the subjects that they teach. Teachers should be able to answers all questions that students may have or be able to show students how to conduct the appropriate research in order to find the answers. If a teacher does not know her content area, she is not credible and could lose the respect of her students, colleagues and parents of her students. Additionally, students will be unable to reach their full learning potential.

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About the Author

Sarah Mollman began writing for "The Northern Iowan" newspaper in 2005. She was awarded scholarships from the Department of English at the University of Northern Iowa for Outstanding Short Story and Outstanding Personal Essay in 2008. Mollman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching from the University of Northern Iowa.