No Teacher Left Behind
By Sara Atluru
No Teacher Left Behind ACT
I believe that we need to provide consistent learning opportunities for teachers to ensure that they are not being left behind in learning new techniques and teaching strategies. In order for us to ensure that teachers are indeed learning new techniques and teaching strategies, we need to create workshops for our teachers to attend. During the workshops our teachers will be taught new advanced teaching methods and new teaching techniques and strategies. I feel that teachers should attend these workshops twice a school year. However, I don’t necessarily feel that all teachers should use the same practices, because no two teachers will teach the same way.
Should Teachers Have to Meet Certain Standards?
I feel that all teachers should have to meet a set of standards in order to be qualified to teach. I feel that the standards should be as follows:
- Teachers must stay up to date on their teaching techniques by attending workshops/seminars to enhance their teaching.
- Teachers must show that over half of the class finishes the course with a passing grade. After all, if over half the class fails the course, it really does say something about the teachers teaching skills/practices/techniques.
I feel that teachers aren't really being prepared to master the NETS-T standards in their classrooms. One of the NETS-T standards is, “Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources” (NETS for Teachers, 2012). I feel that teachers aren't really required to continuously improve their professional skills at the moment, so therefore, people studying to become teachers aren’t really prepared to master the NETS-T standards.
NETS for Teachers. (2012). NETS. Retrieved February 13, 2014, from http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers.