Our educators aren't very good at raising SAT scores, increasing literacy, or spreading knowledge. But they are world-class at making excuses.
I started teaching at age 27. Though I thought I was old then, I look back now and see that I was most assuredly still a very young adult. Back then I was very much a self-starter.
Unruly attitude of students make the teacher's day in school out of bounds but professional as they are they won't be easily discouraged by this kind of challenge in the classrooms. Teachers are also taught how to deal with children of this type of behavioral problems.
There is an effective process for pursuing quality or continuous improvement in any school. This description of the path to quality is based upon the author's fifty years of direct involvement and observation in public education. Here are the steps in the path:
How desirable it would be to achieve the goal of "No Child Left Behind" in our society. But the congressional act designed to achieve that goal is flawed. Its focus is limited to academic achievement as measured by high stakes testing.
Every now and then we all could use some motivation and inspiration, or even just a reminder of why we do what we do. Here are the top 12 inspirational teacher quotes to do just that!
Education is important. For thousands of years knowledge has been passed from generation to generation, from basic survival skills to an understanding of culture and the arts. Children learn an awful lot from their parents and immediate family in their formative years, how to communicate, being toilet training and how to dress themselves may all seem like very basic skills, but they are vital for everyday life. The vast majority of children in the UK are sent to school once they are old enough, and are taught by professional teachers who are trained to understand their needs and recognise individual strengths and weaknesses.
by Mark S. Goulston, M.D.
What good is trying to educate people who do not value learning for its own sake, are not curious (beyond the desire to feel excitement) and sadly have lost their sense of wonder?
In an ideal world, I really believe that the majority of people who are involved in education, whether they're a teacher, administrator, coach, counselor, are anything else, would have a genuine care for kids. I also think that most educators really are trying to do the best they can with what they have, and they probably feel that their style or philosophy of what they're doing is the best way to do it.
I was born in 1962. In 1967, Mrs. Bellows taught me how to read. In fact, she taught every kid in our kindergarten class how to read. She used slate chalk boards and big pieces of chalk. The letters of the alphabet displayed over the top of the board. Our wooden desks still had the hole in them where the ink well was supposed to sit. We didn't have computers or anything too fancy for a class-room. What we had was Mrs. Bellows.