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Although research studies support each of the five Secrets about teaching techniques (Secrets nine to thirteen) that emerge from the interviews with the award-winning teachers, the true secret to their success can only be captured by examining the techniques as a collective. That is, a teacher cannot selectively choose one or two of these secrets and expect a substantial impact on student learning. The significance of content knowledge cannot be under-estimated.
Teachers cannot teach what they do not know. Research clearly indicates the importance of teachers’ knowledge particularly in the areas of science and mathematics (Floden & Meniketti, 2005), however effective teaching requires that teacher know more than content. Taken together, these secrets suggest a creative, adaptive, and interactive approach to teaching that is highly dependent on the teachers’ knowledge of content and pedagogy, their in-depth knowledge of their learners, and a strategic or problem oriented approach to teaching. Their practices, which are based on a fundamental understanding of learning and the connection between teaching and learning, are supported by research.