same here. I never really understood certain aspects of algebra, fractions, etc. until I started doing things where I was using those concepts and then it seemed so simple.
Originally Posted by BlueCoyote
Teachers needed to understand as well that students learn differently and how to reach various students when teaching.
I agree. One way to ensure accountability is for the school's Principal teacher and department heads to observe and critique teachers in the classroom often. In most schools, teachers might be observed once if at al. Professional development is also key to improving a teacher's performance. Many school districts do not have the funding or do not budget for professional development. Even in states/districts where professional development is required, it is a minimum requirement.
Originally Posted by Wildernessgirl
Once a teacher is tenured it is almost impossible to fire him or her. They are backed by the NEA and state and local teachers' unions that are very powerful politically.
I am a former school teacher and I think tenure is wrong. Why should teaching, of all professions, be exempt from accountability? How long would other professionals maintain their jobs if their performances failed to meet certain standards/criteria? We entrust our children and our future to these people. If teachers can't teach, they should be fired.
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Texas is making changes too...
I think they should just let students evaluate their teachers like in college...of course I don't know how well students at that age could judge someone. I think it might turn into a popularity contest, hm...okay, scratch that idea.
I was lucky to have had mostly awesome teachers growing up. You can clearly tell they love their job, and were passionate about what they were teaching. They there were those that came off like they hated being there, hated children altogether. I've had a few teachers like that and it traumatized me. To this day, a big factor in why I don't talk much (in real life) is because of them.
I read that Texas conservatives are changing textbooks, and not in a good way. This makes me sick and sad for my state.
Anita: The university requirements is one thing I actually do like about our system. Many people going into college not knowing what they want to do career wise, and in other parts of the world they have to make a choice entering college. I like that all majors have to go through a "basics" because I feel like it gives us a well rounded education. My friends and I have changed our majors a few times, and if it wasn't for the basics I'd have a lot of catching up to do. I went from majoring in fashion designing, to nursing, to pre-med, to archeology, and finally journalism.
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I work in a school district, and my sister teaches 4th grade and just got her principalship. All I know is there are some BAD and GOOD teachers out there. The same can be said for the students.
I like Liberty's idea of evaluations from the students. Teachers are evaluated of course, but it'd be nice to hear from the kiddos that enter that classroom every single day.
And just because a child doesn't do well in school, that doesn't always mean the teacher is at fault. I know it does happen though.
Recently, my sister evaluated our little cousin's trouble with school and he has a really bad teacher.
Totally agree. Sometimes it's hard for kids who have problems at home to focus in school, and some kids have learning disabilities that no one bothers to check on until later in life.
Originally Posted by Beware_of_Italics
Deus nobiscum quis contra
i would like to think the kids struggling with problems at home would be the minority. to say the entire class is failing because of problems at home might going too far. SOMETIMES it isnt if the school is in a particularly bad area with high crime rates... but sometimes its the foundation that was struck when the students were in elementary. once they learn that no one can really harm them for being lazy... what do you do? what CAN you do, especially if they have been allowed to be lazy for too long?
Yeah, if it's the entire class that's failing I think it's safe to say the teacher is the problem.
If the entire class is failing it's pretty obvious where the problem is.
I don't like the No child left behind act either. It puts the teacher and students in a tough spot. It's putting a lot of pressures on the teachers to make the students succeed, and compromising the student's education. It either takes the fun out of learning, or teachers end up dumbing down the curriculum and the kids end up not learning anything.
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I don't like the No child left behing act also. Because each child learns differently, some learn fast while other might be slow at learning and trying to teach each child the same tends to be hard for the teacher.
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