No Teacher Left Behind Initiative
Techniques to ensure that no teacher is left behind
Should all teachers across the country use certain practices?
There are certain practices that I believe all effective teachers should use.
The single most important practive an effective teacher should have is:
- Love your subject/ job.
- Maintain good communication skills
- Getting students engagement
- Act don't react
- Be clear and precise in instructions
- Give room to individualized learning: Create autonomous learners
- Always give students Positive feedback
- Involve students in decision making
- Use peer learning
- Don’t wait for new teachers to ask for help, or assume that someone else is looking out for them
Many times new teachers do not have the support that they need to succeed in the classroom setting. They are embarrassed or do not know how to ask for help. Although teachers should be independent, it is important they receive the support necessary to teach students as effectively as possible.
Provide training that will strengthen classroom management skills
I believe that schools should support their teachers by offering in house or paid trainings that can help strengthen and polish their classroom management skills. In order for a teacher to be effective, it is important that he/she have complete control of their classroom.
Provide adequate resources
It is crucial for a teacher to have adequate resources to continue learning, however if a teacher does not have the proper resources to teach his/her, the class is already 2 steps behind. Teachers should be given access to resources city and nationwide that they can use to better improve their skills, to then better improve the skills of their students.
Should there be a consistent standard for all teachers to meet, just as students must pass high stakes tests?
I believe that there should be a consistent standards but taking students into account. The standard should be improvement. It is unfair for a state to expect a teacher to get a student to pass a fourth grade reading exam when the student came in with a 2nd grade reading level. There should be realistic standards for students in order for teachers to have a higher success rate. If a teacher can teach a student to get to a beginners 4th grade level when the student came in with a 2nd grade reading level he/she should be given credit.
Teachers are not being well prepared to master the NETS-T standards in their classrooms because they are too busy teaching their students to meet unrealistic state standards and take standardized exams. NETS-T standards state a teacher should 1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning. Unfortunately we have learned that there is no room for creativity in the classroom because teachers are teaching students to pass a test and there is little time for creative work. The NETS-T standards also state that a classroom should be digitally ready, a teacher should be technologically savvy and students should have access to technology. Location and social capital plays a significant role in this area. Depending on the area of a school, it all determines how technologically ready a school will be. Schools should offer more staff development and trainings.