The challenge was great; find teachers who were prepared for a classroom where students came with academic, social and emotional needs. This was a far greater obstacle than I had imagined. The new teachers who we interviewed were naive to the challenges teachers face in a realistic classroom setting: teaching to rigorous academic standards, planning highly effective activities where all students are engaged and challenged, and managing a classroom of students who rely on structures and procedures for their success. Many of those new teachers knew the theory of what it meant to be a highly effective teacher, but the implications of that theory had not been practiced or witnessed first-hand with a master or mentor teacher supporting them in the process.
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January 03, 2017
Subbing is be a bridge to full-time employment for many educators. All of us who have ever filled out a standard application with a question about whether or not we'd be willing to substitute have paused to consider the option carefully.
December 21, 2016
Determine what RTI information your school would like to present to staff, as well as the degree of faculty input and discussion needed.
December 13, 2016
Establishing a culture of teacher support begins and ends with support systems that are designed to promote collaboration and feedback among teachers.
December 06, 2016
School leaders with a negative orientation toward teacher evaluation typically focus on pointing out the negatives they've observed and issuing mandates for improvement or dismissal. On the other hand school leaders who develop a positive orientation toward using teacher evaluation as a teacher support mechanism are making the strides necessary to meet their student achievement goals and teacher satisfaction goals.
November 30, 2016
Recently, Louisiana's state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted teacher preparation policies that provide a yearlong residency for all aspiring teachers. These policies will take effect for all preservice teachers in the fall of 2018, but Monroe City Schools is not waiting until then to get involved.
November 22, 2016
Imagine you learn that a loved one is in dire need of an emergency, life-saving surgery. Think of the flood of emotions, anxiety, and concerns you would immediately feel. Now imagine discovering that the doctor slated to perform the operation was in her first year of practice.
August 09, 2016
For most undergraduate Education majors, student teaching will be your most in-depth teaching experience, one that will be featured prominently on your resume and from which you will share numerous examples of your work impacting and educating students. And while student teaching is an incredibly busy, stressful, amazing experience, consider the following to set yourself up for a successful job search:
July 26, 2016
A fun game for all ages, especially if you're good at it. Think of recruitment fairs as a strategic game of memory. Many educators, new and veteran, will ask if they should attend recruitment fairs. Absolutely!
April 19, 2016
There are three key areas that teachers outside of salaries that must be considered before accepting a position.