No Teacher Left Behind
Teachers reaching success
Are our teachers succeeding or falling our schools ?
We often talk about the measures of No Child Left Behind and ensuring student success. There is, however, no talk about any type of the No Teacher Left behind Act. 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? Should all teachers across the country use certain practices? If so, what would those be? 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? Lastly, share your thoughts on how well teachers are being prepared to master the ISTE Standards for Teachers in their classrooms.
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?
There should always be opportunities for teachers to continue their education and participate in training and seminars. I am not in agreement for teachers or students to take written or standardized test, but I do feel having teachers be assessed is a great idea. I feel this should be in a forum with other teachers. Teachers should also have resources to help them learn different strategies and techniques to help them in the classroom; this could come from mentor teachers. Teachers could attend seminars or classes on all the new changes and requirements that are happening in education. During these sessions teachers can take oral quizzes and share their ideas and thoughts with other teachers and education directors. I feel that it is the state’s responsibility to make sure educators are in the know of all changes that are accruing and possibly will occur with the educational system. This way old teachers and new teachers will be responsible for making sure they learn all the changes that are required. I feel this should be a requirement in order to keep teaching. It could be a requirement that teacher do so many seminars or classes with in a year to complete their assessments for teaching.
Should all teachers across the country use certain practices?
I feel that teachers should use what will help their students. We should learn about all the practices that are needed to teach our students, but I also feel these practices should be used to help the students on their own level. Just because the teachers all learn the same practices, doesn’t mean they should be used to help the same students. All students are different, will learn differently, and understand and retain things differently, so the practices that are being learned will not work for all students.
If so, what would those be?
Making sure that instruction meets the individual needs of the students, teaching a well-balanced and integrated lesson or curriculum and provides learning opportunities that will help students understand what is being taught.
Should there be a consistent standard for all teachers to meet, just as students must pass high stakes tests?
Yes, teachers should have standards and follow standards. In order for our students to learn, we have to know what they need to learn. How can we teach our students if we don’t know how to teach or what to teach to help each individual student? I’m not in agreement with teachers taking test, but I do feel they should be assessed by their director or principal to see that they are following the standards that are set for their school or state requirements. We have to be accountable for our students. If they are in our class and they are not learning what we have learned to teach them, we will be at fault if they do not succeed. We should know what each student in our classroom needs to succeed, so if we are teaching the students what they are required to learn it will either be evident or not in the students when they are assessed.
If so, what would be the standard?
Teachers should be in the know of all the standards that are required for our students. Standards for all academic work, Math, Science, Langauge Arts, Social Studies, Reading, History, Foreign Language and Creative Arts. If teachers know what standards are needed for our students to achieve success, wouldn’t it be helpful for them to also achieve success in the standards that our students need. Teachers also need to know how to design and implement these standards into a curriculum to help students reach their maximum potential.
Lastly, share your thoughts on how well teachers are being prepared to master the ISTE Standards for Teachers in their classrooms.
According to ISTE Standards for Teachers, “Effective teachers model and apply the ISTE Standards for Students (Standards) as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning; enrich professional practice; and provide positive models for students, colleagues, and the community.” (par.1)
I feel that teachers are trying to make sure they do all they can to implement all of these practices into their classrooms, especially when it comes to teaching our students about technology. I feel that every teacher wants to see their students achieve success in and out of the classroom. This is why many of us continue our education, learn about all the changes and requirements needed to help our students, and help our students learn all of the required Core Content Standards and about all of the latest technology needed to achieve success in our ever changing world. I feel that with all of the information that we have to learn to teach our students, they are preparing us as much as they can, it is up to us to make sure we do our part to be and stay prepared. In order for No Teachers to be Left Behind, we have to make sure we are helping our teachers succeed also. Teachers need students and students need teachers.
International Society for Technology in Education. ISTE Standards Teachers. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf