By Sydney Meyer, Nine Network PIN analyst
In this year’s Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on the Teaching Profession 2012, a collaborate publication by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, mo
re than 10,000 teachers were asked about their schools and classrooms; student and teacher performance and the way in which they should be evaluated, supported and rewarded. The teachers shared their honest, professional opinions on many subjects ranging from teacher tenure, family involvement, job satisfaction and salaries.
As a former teacher for many years, I found a few of the results just what I expected! Take a minute to read the two that stood out for me and let me know what you think in the comment section below the blog.
- When teachers were asked what was the most important factors in retaining good teachers they were very clear about the need for school-wide systems supporting their teaching including supportive school leaders, engaged parents, help for students with learning or behavioral problems and quality curriculum. In fact, the teachers say these same items would improve student academic achievement indicating
that family, school leadership and curriculum are critical to the mission of today’s schools.
- Not surprisingly, teachers who are very satisfied with their careers are more likely to be engaged in all aspects of their students’ lives.
- Primary Source is the beginning of an ongoing dialogue with America’s Teachers. To read the whole report and give your thoughts on the report go to www.scholastic.com/primarysources.