What Teachers Need, But Don’t Get

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Feb
  • 19
  • 2006

Teachers need support from fellow teachers, parents, and administration. Students need to realize that (most) teachers are really just trying to help. Everyone needs to recognize the complexity of the seemingly simple system in which we all work. Schools need to value the tasks teachers perform and make that value obvious to all. Teachers need respect, not lip service.

Peer Support

“I get by with a little help from my friends” is the mantra of all teachers. I’ve heard of schools where very little sharing goes on between department members and that baffles me. How can we improve our work if we aren’t learning from mistakes and victories of others?

The idea that you sit with a colleague and bounce ideas off each other is key to progress in just about any field. Great work is rarely the accomplishment of one person alone. It’s the culmination of many contributions and suggestions and corrections that have lead to anything good I do in the classroom.

To find that core of teachers with whom you share philosophy and understanding is vital to avoiding burn out. Teachers need a network of strong peers in order to improve their craft.

Parental Support

Many reasons exist for how much time a parent has to spend investigating what’s happening in their child’s school life. But the investigation must happen. Parents who take an active interest in their child’s schooling make the academic road much easier to travel, both because of expectations for the student’s academic progress and attitudes toward education.

A parent who has told the child, “No; you cannot play soccer until you raise that D to at least a C” or “You can’t go to prom with attendance like that and there’s no way I am going to pay for your dress if you disrespect your education and educators in this fashion” sets a standard of expectation. Without those standards set at home, the best school and teachers can do is encourage such expectations for roughly a third of that child’s day. That kind of inconsistency in expectations can only result in inconsistency of behavior.

Parental views of education travel down to children in a most profound way. If parents look at education as not worth their time to inquire about, students won’t see it as worth their time to even think about, let alone work on. Teachers need parents who view education as important and communicate that importance to their children.

Administrative Support

Exactly as it sounds, the support administrators provide is what helps teachers achieve so many of the things they need to. Providing professional development opportunities, looking for funding to cover a class project, interfacing between teachers and parents when emotions get in the way of logical decisions, these are all the things administration should be good at taking care of. Their larger goal of keeping the system running should involve consideration of how teachers and students are impacted by system-wide decisions.

There are so many things that administrators can do to give teachers the freedom to remain focused on their classrooms. Testing dates need to be set well in advance, along with accompanying bell schedules. Proctoring assignments need to be clear. Collected data, disaggregated in a way to make it useful in the classroom, should only arrive with a clear explanation of what it means and how it can inform instruction.

One of the things I hate about teaching is that I am so often called upon to leave my room, mentally and physically, and deal with other issues. I’m a teacher and I want to keep my head in the game, worrying only about what’s going on between my four walls. That’s what I’ve been trained to do and it’s what most benefits the students I encounter.

Teachers need administrators who can work to make it easier to stay focused on our classrooms and our students, not policy and forms and signatures and money.

What about you? Are you a teacher? Do you play one on TV? Any ideas to throw out?

3 comments

1. richard says:

[11/15/2009 - 11:23 am]

Unions help in this respect . The aft and nea now supply new teachers with mentors to help. As far as parents being involved? This is exactly what teachers have been saying all along. We can not “RAISE” your children. But you all think that this is OUR job? Parents get involved with your children when you get home. Take a few advil or Ibuprophen or aspirin for the pain and talk with your kids!!! ABOUT SCHOOL!!!

2. mutya says:

[10/14/2010 - 11:15 pm]

Well they said our only rest day is Sunday!!!!
Harsh but true: we are dealing with students who lack parental attention at home. Our job in this school is to deal with them and give them extra attention. The Irony is after ten years it would be our children who will be needing extra attention!!!!

3. Paul Felix Schott says:

[9/30/2011 - 2:50 pm]

When this Old World starts getting you down. From Pollution the cost of OIL, Heating Fuel,The Fuel you put in your Vehicles, You Electric Bills from cooling air conditioners and lights not to speak of the Evil. The TAX that all Governments Federal, State, County and City put on everything they can thing of. They are supposed to serve us. Not put a burden on its people. That they are elected to serve all the people you, not their own Pocket Books.

The Wicked keep putting higher taxes on everything. Making it a Heavy Burden on many that are already struggling just to put food on the table. Too many Americans have lost their home to the tax collector or to foreclosures from the unjust bankers greed. More are out of work and lost their homes then in the GREAT DEPRESSION,in the last ten years. All Americans and many Nations need good jobs and more of them. Not more TAXES.

There is a Industry that will employ workers and is growing by more then 50% every year. There is a clear way for all up on the roof the Sun Light is free fuel from GOD. Some wicked in Government have been backing Coal, Oil, Gas and the Nuclear industries for too many years. These kickbacks to them were called Subsidizing Industry Technology. Most all Wise Men and smart Economist and Environmentalists call this padding their pockets and subsidizing back to the Stone Age.

This might even been funny in the 1960?s. If it were a Fred Flintstones and Barny Rubble Movie. About How to aggressively systematically work with the rich to Pollute Ground Water quality to the point it is unsafe to drink or use. So to they make a law you can only buy water from their pipe line. And to make the air we breath full of Toxic Gases, Sulfur Dioxide and more Radioactive and Acid Rain. Injuring all living things on Earth.

With Fred Flintstones to the Rescue. To help create a Healthier Environment. For all Future Generations. By spotlighting Renewable Energy and Free Energy like Wind and Solar. On his and his neighbor Barny Rubble’s roof. Even though the greedy wicked would do everything to stop or slow them down.

Just imagine a dream that a 100 years ago one of the smartest man to ever live had. A dream after working with Sun Light. That all on Earth would use Free Energy Solar Energy. That Dream also shared by a man that dreamed this over 2,250 years ago. Both These men showed the world in their days. That this dream of Free Energy Solar Energy World wide was very possible. Both of these two wise men had first hand worked and researched their experiments for not just days, weeks put for many years. One of these men used chalk on Black Board the others board was a black stone table or floor covered with white sand and used a stick. One of these two Brilliant men had Kings from all most every Kingdom on Earth come to him for advice. The other went to almost every nation on Earth. Freely on his own dime Teaching All that had ears to hear. He would win the Nobel Prize for doing so. For his work on Solar Energy. Only after years of doing research and when most Scientist on Earth would not take the nomination for the Nobel Prize in 1921 this Brilliant scientist was awarded it in 1922 for the 1921 year.

Now if this was just a Pretend TV Show or a Movie from a dream. This would be a great Sci Fi Story Line. In the 1960?s or even better to day. Sci Fi story Movie or dream No. All that i Have told you did actually really happen. Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for what? When Government leaders asked him to go on stage. To address the Scientific Community and the World. About what he was given the Nobel Prize for. When Albert Einstein Had done so. He addressed them with his other accomplishments.

For years most Governments did not have a ear for Einstein’s Dream. Archimedes around 250 B.C. was know most of the World over as a great Mathematician. One of the first Scientist and Inventor of many things. Even the first Laser Ray from the Sun’s Energy. Science Fiction is what you would have though you were seeing if you could go back in time, it was real. To day we call it The LASER, Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission. Back then it was just called Amplification of the SUN Archimedes Death Ray. Thousand of years later it would be a Laser. That Albert Einstein help make possible. That would unlock one of the first books on Earth. The METHOD written by Archimedes. Then over more then 250 years later. When well Faded was cut from a scroll and put into a book form, to be easier to hide from the Romans by St. Paul. This book sold for over 2 million dollars. In New york at Christie’s Auction House.

These two are at the top of the list of the World’s Greatest Scientists, Viewed by Scientist around the World. Sad that for the last 25 years or so of every teacher asked no matter what Grade k through 16. 80% of them did not know Archimedes. Even sadder 90% of them could not tell you what one of the most Brilliant Scientist to ever live on Earth. Won the Nobel Prize for. It was for the work Albert Einstein did to show the World it could get Free Energy, Electric from the SUN. PHOTOVOLTAICS You ask this question to any Military general 95% of them will get it right. Even more surprising 99% of them will know more about Archimedes then most Teachers on Earth.

Generals know Energy is the key to Winning. At almost one thousand to one Archimedes always won against what all knew was impossible odds. Archimedes home town city of Syracuse was victorious against the greatest Kingdoms Armies on earth many times. Syracuse once was one of the most powerful cities in the World. I can only ask you to please look into Solar Energy, Solar Power, Solar Panels and Solar array on the internet under Images. To see and explore for your self then you be the JURY. More then 10 years ago the Internet became most of the World’s Universities Learning Platform. A Modern Day Archimedes Resource Center.

The Solar Energy Industry in the year 2010 has leaped ahead farther and faster then any other industry on Earth. The Solar Industry in the United States of America alone, has grown by more then 50% in 2010 and it looks like that number will go up even higher this year 2011. The strong benefits of Solar Energy is Clear Clean Air viewed in major cities as improving air quality. Clean Cities. By all that use there brain for good . View it as protecting the environment and Freedom from OIL.

While the Federal Government has eased the Tax on Renewable Energy till the end of this year 2011. Some cities in the states that these Legislators come from have worked against these tax credits. By doing so they are showing their true objectives. That they have stock in some power plants and do not want to lose all that Money they have been taking out of your pocket books for too many years. By taxing you on your Energy Bills. They want to Control Power and Tax Everything they can. Not let People be free to get their own power from the top of their own roofs. By adding their own taxes to them. These wicked leaders think that this will take away the incentives to harvest the Free Energy from the Sun.

The Public ability and awareness for all on Earth to use the Natural Solar Energy, is Contributing to Production of Solar Energy Products. Making the Solar Energy Industry the fastest growing on Earth. A Wealth of Free Energy From The SUN. The more the wicked try to slow the Solar Energy Industry down, it only Enhances involvement and the efforts of the Good at Heart.

GOD Bless you for reading this.

The Lord’s little Helper

Paul Felix Schott

PS

through out History Many have tried to wipe the good from our history books. Read the Bible Jesus will Bless you more then i can.