NO Teacher Left Behind

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Required Courses? Not on my break! Optional classes? Maybe...

I believe that there should be courses offered to teachers that provide them with the opportunity to learn new and up and coming technologies that would be beneficial to use in the classroom. Not necessarily any “refresher” courses, but something that is optional and does not have to be a requirement; however, there could be classes enveloped into pre-planning at the end of the summer that showcased or provided introductions into new technologies and strategies. I do not feel it should be a requirement from the start. I think the only way to do this effectively would be to wrap it into pre-planning because, let’s face it, many educators would not want to attend a course during the summer break or holiday time off.

Universal Practice? No Way!

I do not feel that all teachers should use certain practices because I feel that if you create a universal technique for all teachers, it will inhibit certain teachers in teaching at their potential and being as effective as they can be in the classroom. In the same ways that teaching using only one method will not reach each student, the same be said in regards to the teacher. From what I understand from the teachers that I personally know, there are already standards that teachers must meet. Part of how those standards are reflected are through test scores, as both of the teachers I interviewed made that very clear. In addition, they offered that as an example of how teaching has changed over the years, and is now more geared toward teaching the tests. If the students score well on the tests, the administration considers the educators to be doing their jobs effectively; thus earning the school money/funding. I do not agree with this standard, nor do any of the teachers that I know as it does not prove comprehension and it is minimally retained past the exam.
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ISTE Master and Commander!

I do not feel that teachers are being prepared to master the ISTE Standards for Teachers as a whole. I did see a few aspects of them being used but not totally. Specifically, promoting and modeling digital citizenship and responsibility or engaging in professional growth and leadership. I do not believe this is because the educators are not aware or capable of promoting these aspects of the ISTE; rather, that they are unable to because of the restrictions placed on them. All of the educators I know that teach in the public school system are constantly complaining about how confined and rigid their curriculum is, which is always test material. How can we promote and model digital citizenship or how to engage in professional growth and leadership if we are bound to teach test material? While I believe that these are significant in students’ learning, I do not know how it would be incorporated into the lesson plans or curriculum.

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