Teachers & Administrators need to Join Forces and Act Decisively to Tackle Systemic Challenges in our Schools
Teachers, administrators and school boards are on the same team, yet we struggle to pull together and advocate for sensible legislation.
There are more than 100 games that can be
played on a standard pool table. Wouldn't
you want to know which game you are
playing before starting the game?
A short-term mindset is one of the most difficult challenges facing our profession, because it has been developed as a coping mechanism - a survival tool of sorts.
Mentorship and FeedbackThe absence of mentorship and feedback is the unfortunate result of the three previous failures. Teachers in Michigan are adapting to a teacher evaluation process that is designed to provide continuous feedback, but instead sorts and ranks teachers. In addition, many schools did away with mentorship programs after the economy tanked in the mid-2000’s. As a result of both of these developments, outdated instructional methods persist and evidence-based teaching practices lag.
This energy conservation report is the extent of feed-
back a teacher might receive in some Michigan schools.
We know leadership quality and teacher performance drive student learning, and it is our responsibility to urge our schools to do more on both fronts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR of CIVICS ENGAGED: Nick Gregory has been a social studies and high school journalism teacher since 2000 and he has been a National Writing Project Teacher consultant and a junior varsity basketball coach since 2003. Gregory is an America Achieves Lead Fellow and he has exhibited photography related to Detroit and social justice causes since 2011. Gregory, who has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, believes that building positive relationships helps students find their passion for learning. You can follow him on Twitter @CivicsEngaged.