If it's not broken, don't fix it. That is the advice for teachers returning to the classroom from fellow educators Aaron Brock, Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters. In this blog post, they suggest teachers reflect on their current practices while focusing on what students need, keep what works and take care when making changes.
National Board Certified Teachers in Oklahoma say if the state eliminates stipends for such teachers, it could discourage others from applying and have a long-term effect on schools. The state legislature is considering a bill that would reinstate $5,000 annual stipends for NBCTs. "It really pushes you to take it to the next step," said NBCT Daniel Buckmaster. "A big portion of the national board is becoming a reflective teacher. You're showing evidence that you're a master teacher."
Teachers in an Illinois district say ending a continuous learning schedule in place at three schools will harm students, many of whom are English-language learners. Those schools typically return to school six weeks earlier than peers in traditional schools. Officials say shortening the school year will save $240,000 and possibly the jobs of some teachers in the district, which is facing a $53 million deficit.
Two Florida teachers say that students often struggle with science because they do not understand the terms, and they plan to share tips for overcoming that obstacle during the National Science Teachers Association's regional conference this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Educators say it's especially important that the teaching of science improve. A 2007 study showed that since No Child Left Behind became law, science teaching time has declined by an average of 28%.
The head of Nashville public schools is looking at ways to recruit quality teachers and is considering paying for master's degrees for educators who agree to stay in the district for five years. Jesse Register says other ways to recruit and retain quality teachers include changes in teacher pay and adding education coaches to schools to provide guidance for new teachers.