When teachers can identify where in the learning cycle a student is and suggest some strategies that might work well at that point, she can have a bigger impact. Research has shown that teacher preparation, knowledge of subject matter, and experience, combined, are the top leading factors of an effective teacher. Better yet, how do you make your teaching strategies more effective so you know that students are learning? Far from being a recipe for the “most effective” teaching strategies, this model of learning relies on teachers' professionalism. What makes an effective teacher?