SSG Rich Stowell recently wrote an article on the NCO Journal titled From the Field: NCOs and their effectiveness as teachers. In the article SSG Stowell discusses what it means to be an effective teacher.
Delivering instruction and training is at the heart of the NCO's role in the Army. Because leading troops and supporting operations are critical jobs for noncommissioned officers, training and mentoring never stops, even during operations. ... Since the types of future operations aren't certain and their challenges can't be anticipated, we need Soldiers who can learn quickly to adapt to a variety of situations.
There has been a debate on what makes a teacher effective. Ronald Ferguson, a senior lecturer in education and public policy at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, has done some research on how to measure teacher effectiveness. Ferguson has come up with what he calls the "Seven C's" which shows what responsibilities a good teacher needs. The Seven C's are: care, control, clarify, challenge, captivate, confer, and consolidate.