What will do the most to keep teachers in the profession?

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Becky Kloster (not verified)

Nice try. You have created

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Nice try. You have created an invalid and misleading poll by including "merit " pay with an increase in salary. This is an anti-teacher agenda. Shame on you!
Becky Kloster (not verified)

Unfortunately, my comment

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Unfortunately, my comment that merit pay is anti-teacher is being "moderated". I do not feel a sensored forum is fair and balanced and would like to have both sides of an issue given equal freedom to be expressed. I checked none of the above also becuase the choice of more pay/merit pay is really about two distinctly different issues. Merit pay is NOT about supporting teachers or education. Educators are required to have more continuing education than any other profession and yet we are paid less than most other professions requiring a degree. Here is what I feel we need in a concise format: ***Meaningful discipline for students with removal of those who cannot conform to the rules of a learning environment.(Major reason for teachers leaving the profession) ***Lower class sizes for grades K-8 that reflect REAL numbers in each classroom (not counting counselors, project teachers, etc... which is common practice today) ***Continuing support for new teachers, such as the BTSA program and site specific mentoring programs which are available on a daily basis ***Higher pay with extra pay for teachers teaching math/science/low income/ ELL (This is much different than "merit" pay) ***Freedom to perform our craft without scripted programs and pacing guides which make it impossible for real learning to occur (Memorizing for a test is NOT true learning) ***Less emphasis on test results and more emphasis on teaching our students how to think critically and problem solve. ***Respect from the government, our administrators, parents and the organizations that are supposed to support teachers
Kathy Day (not verified)

Treat teachers as respected

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Treat teachers as respected members of the community. The teacher's word should carry some weight - the child is not always honest about what happens. They are human and want to come out of a situation looking blameless, even when they really did make a mistake. Most teachers have the child's best interest at heart. Administrators should trust their teachers to do their best and not keep scrutinizing all that a teacher does and says unless that teacher has given them reason to doubt what they say. More than once I have thought about leaving the profession after 12 years, mostly because of parents not being responsible for what their child does or does not do and because of poor support from administrators.
Chuck Fellows (not verified)

Take the lead from tribal

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Take the lead from tribal groups and build learning entities made up of a total population of less than 150. Build relevance and relationships within these smaller learning communities - the rigor will be intrisic for both student and teacher. All the rest of the overhead (Bureaucratic drag) that exists today will no longer be necessary. And the above can be contained within current physical and financial structures.
Claudia Ryan (not verified)

I believe all of the

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I believe all of the suggestions need to be applied as well as doing something to assist teachers with stress. The incrased workload given due to the "No Child Left Behind" legislation has created a workplace loaded with stress. Accountability has loaded the teacher down with paperwork not directly related to learning. Morale is low in many schools. Most teachers went into education because they love seeing children open up and learn. Seeng the spark of comprehension on a young face is a reward that no amount of money can replace. The last post contains many if not all of the other thought That I have. She has said it perfectly. Thank you Becky.
Laurie Kelly (not verified)

Reduce physical and

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Reduce physical and psycological stress: Stop changing the curriculums and the tests that go with them every year so that days are not wasted in constant teacher training, take some of the paperwork load off and hire more secretaries, fix the old buildings and tear down the oldest, give teachers bathroom breaks, stop constantly evaluating teachers and assist parents in what's going on at home, train principals to support teachers instead of catering to parents, reduce the obstacles to teachers taking a day off when they need to, and finally-- politicians: remember that teachers vote too!
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