Tar and Abby

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

warning, she's on another education rant!

Boy, do I have an opinion about this article...  - "Teacher hiring should be more scientific."

"The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future estimates one-third of all new teachers leave after three years, and 46 percent leave within five years."

It talks about screening for teacher hiring. It should be 'screening for teacher education admission'.

About 3/4s of the way thru our masters in teaching course (you need a BA or BS in anything to apply) our instructor did an extrovert vs. introvert test. Most of the class ended up on the extrovert side. A few of us were on the introvert side. They should have tested for more. And earlier. My student teaching experience was a disaster and I've run into other people who had the same.

So before you spend $15,000 (my masters course) maybe the universities should screen some
more, really look, ask questions, help the future teacher reflect and explore. The 46 percent loss is telling you something.

(But - the money wasn't totally wasted - I am a good tutor. I've had teenagers, violent kids, sad kids, scared kids, mad bomber kids. Right now I have two adorable third graders with reading issues.)

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/10/29/3230155/study-teacher-hiring-should-be.html#storylink=cpy"


Bob Slatten said...

Luckily you found YOUR way to teach, and that's a great thing.

S'A said...

I just know I would be a lousy teacher, no test required! I could maybe be a tutor-- I do okay with kids one on one-- but I don't handle groups well. It takes a special person to do that, in my opinion!

mrs.missalaineus said...

as an introvert it took me longer to find my teacher voice.

i agree, more needs to be done in the university programs to prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of teaching in today's test driven classrooms.

of course i say this as someone who just got into it on facebook with a university professor (in education no less) that said this in response to a post about being tired of putting in 14-16 hour days to prepare and grade and then being treated like shit at work -

'So what? Disrespected is the worst thing? As I've repeatedly said, folks need a thicker skin. Get hit, hit back. Not physically, but psychologically. Folks need to learn how to be resilient. Yeah I said resilient. '

smdh. with professors like that i would think it would weed out many potentially good educators..


the dogs' mother said...

Yes, more reality! :-)
The other university course in town sends their students
into the classroom, as an aide, for an entire semester. That
sounded like a good idea to me.

Jeanne said...

My DIL graduated about 2 yrs ago with her teaching credentials (certification or whatever it is called here). She said that she was ill-prepared for her time as a student teacher. Her class studies had done nothing to prepare her for what she met in the classroom. And she is an extrovert. She said that most of her frustration was with administrative red tape which she felt held her back from teaching effectively (and don't get me started on the Common Core stuff!) DIL said that she was better prepared than some of the other student teachers though. She said that a couple of them quit after a few weeks in the classroom. DIL went on to get a job with the State Dept of Parks & Wildlife in a teaching capacity - helping to integrate Nature & wildlife exposure into the curriculum of the inner city schools.

the dogs' mother said...

Administration - yup, that's a whole rant by itself!