No Teacher Left Behind

Teachers need education too!

Q: 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?

A: Requiring teachers to learn about new techniques and strategies by taking part in learning communities, articulation meetings, action research, and engaging in the implementation and review of new practices helps to ensure teachers are learning alongside students. “Providing very specific steps to an action plan of professional development aids teachers and administrators in becoming the best educators they possibly can” (Newman, 2013, Chapter 13.4).

Q: Should all teachers across the country use certain practices? If so, what would those be?

A: In my opinion, all teachers should be Nationally Board Certified. Requiring all teachers to be Nationally Board Certified rather than just state certified ensures that all teachers across the country are using the same practices and able to teach at the same advanced level. Teachers who are Nationally Board Certified endured rigorous training, meet extensive teaching standards, and are taught to meet the needs of all students (Newman, 2013, Chapter 13.4).

Q: Should there be a consistent standard for all teachers to meet, just as students must pass high stakes tests? If so, what would be the standard?

A: Yes! All teachers should be able to pass the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards test. In order for teachers to be successful they should continuously improve themselves and the standards they adhere to

Q: How well teachers are being prepared to master the NETS-T standards in their classrooms.

A: Not well enough. There is still so much that can be done to prepare teachers to master the NETS-S standards in their classroom.

Frequently Asked Question: Why should teachers be required to learn when their job is to teach?

A: “If teachers are to prepare students for the future, they must also prepare themselves to be able teach in an ever-changing world” (Newman, 2013, Chapter 13).

Reference:

Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.