No Teacher Left Behind
What about our teachers? written by: Alecia Petty
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?
I believe that if states make it a requirement for teachers to receive so many training hours a year to maintain their teaching certification, then the responsibility should be split between the states, districts, and teachers as individuals. States could start off by providing conferences for teachers all over the state to come together and collaborate and receive training as a whole, the other half should be placed on individual school districts to provide some monthly trainings for the teachers in their district, and the rest of the hours should be placed on the teacher as an individual, which will further challenge the teacher to go out and seek ongoing learning in the area of their specialization. Some might argue that putting a teachers licensure at stake in this manner is harsh but not all educators are as motivated to continue their ongoing learning once they have went through the requirements of becoming a certified teacher, and I believe that in order to remain effective as an educator, even as a veteran teacher, you have to continue to revamp your strategies and techniques to match the current society.
Should all teachers across the country use certain practices? If so, what would those be?
- Setting non-bias High expectation for ALL students
- Maintaining open and clear lines of communication with families
- providing individualize instruction
- Providing positive feedback
- engaging students
- combining the use of technology with clear and precise instruction
- Involve students in decision making
- Utilize students interest and strengths when developing and implementing curriculums