No Teacher Left Behind

No child left behind

How would you suggest we, as a nation, provide consistent learning opportunities for teachers and ensure that they are not left behind in learning about new techniques and strategies?

The “no child left behind” motto could be more effective if teachers were keeping up to the standards. There are so many teaching styles and techniques. Some styles work and some don’t. However, it is unfortunate for the children that are in a classroom where the teaching styles fail. To ensure that all teachers are teaching at the most effective level, a national standard should be met. To ensure that teachers are getting adequate training, there should be mandatory frequent meetings throughout the year where teachers can come together and gain insight from each other through presentations and seminars

Should all teachers across the country use certain practices?

There are certain practices that teachers should use, however, not every teacher possess the same teaching style. If we expect every teacher to teach the same way, we won’t have teachers that enjoy their job. There are teachers that enjoy teaching a science lesson outside while another teacher could teach the same lesson inside the building. The students will get the same information just in a different form.

Should there be a consistent standard for all teachers to meet, just as students must pass high stakes tests?

A teacher should be able to prepare a lesson and present it to children that have different learning abilities. Some children can learn by hearing the information, while others need a visual or both. If all of the children can pass a test on the information taught, the teacher met the standard.

thoughts on how well teachers are being prepared to master the NETS-T standards in their classrooms.

A teacher can only use the resources available. I know there are some schools that use smart boards, ipads, and computers for learning while other schools are only using books as their resource. On the contrary, if the resources are available, the teachers are not able to keep up. According to Efaw, faculty feel increasingly unprepared to integrate technology into the classroom. Little has been done to prepare reluctant technology users for the networked computers flooding into their rooms, Many institutions of higher learner now offer technology courses to faculty to bridge this gap, helping them master the intricacies of PowerPoint or learn to post materials in a course management system. These courses help to an extent, but classes in using technology do not prepare faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their teaching (2005).

Resources

Efaw, J. (2005). No teacher left behind: How to teach with technology. Retrieved from EDUCAUSE. http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/no-teacher-left-behind-how-teach-technology