IMHO - the answer to both is to have beginning teachers spend more time in
the classroom. I don't believe that an hour here and there doing
observations is enough. Being there at the beginning of the year would help
the new teacher see how experienced teacher sets up the classroom, enforces
discipline plans, etc. etc. Then spending time in a variety of situations
from K-12 to a variety of subjects in rural schools to inner cities.
Instead of spending 3 1/2 years in college prep and then 1 semester student
teaching is not conducive preparing students to take on a new teaching job.
On the job training is the best teacher.
> Question 1: What is the key to you think to begin to prepare new teachers
> (and veterans planning a change) for these classrooms? I would be very
> interested in this. Question 2: How can we work to improve/ eliminate
> these battlegrounds? Yeah I know it's big. Thanks for your ideas. lia
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