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1 Just let me Teach by Dale Neal Rusher

2 So you want to be a teacher?
How many times have school administrators heard the complaint that teachers just want to teach? Anyone associated with education, and most have attended school, understands the many undertakings of school life.

3 Teacher’s Prayer by James J. Metcalf
Let me see if I’ve got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids, and fill their every waking moment with a love for learning. Not only that, I’m to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, behaviorally modify disruptive behavior, and observe them for signs of abuse, drugs, and T-shirt mesagges. I am to fight the war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for guns and raise their self esteem. I’m to teach them patriotism, good citizenship,sportsmanship and fair play, how and where to register to vote, how to balance a checkbook and how to apply for a job, but I am never to ask if they are in this country illegally. I am to check their heads occasionally for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of potential antisocial behavior, offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholarships, encourage respect for the cultural diversity of others, and oh yeah, teach-always making sure that I give the girls in my class fifty percent of my attention.


5 Without praying?? It takes special people with special skills to be a professional educator. The one area that creates the most difficulty for teachers is classroom disruptions due to disrespectful children. Outstanding teachers are constantly interrupted and forced to deal with classroom disruptions. It is difficult at best to promote learning and foster student achievement within a single period for 180 days a year but to teach with unruly and disrespectful students is next to impossible.

6 Teachers quitting -money, unruly students, lack of respect
. Almost 1000 teachers quit teaching each day and another 1000 per day change schools looking for better working conditions.

7 Cost to replace A conservative national estimate of the cost to replace public school teachers is 2.2 billion dollars per year

8 Most important figure = teacher
There is a growing consensus among researchers and educators that the single most important factor in student performance is the quality of the teacher.

9 ???? So what is an administrator to do? Hire policemen and bouncers to control the classroom, so we can retain good teachers?

10 The answer PBS

11 PBS PBS involves the assessment and reengineering of environments so that reductions in problem behaviors are evident and children experience an increase in the social, personal, and professional quality of their lives. Teachers and administrators who implement positive behavior supports develop and consistently enforce school-wide rules and expectations.

12 Leadership team Teachers and administrators who implement positive behavior supports develop and consistently enforce school-wide rules and expectations. A leadership team consisting of the school stakeholders as well members of the community work regularly and collaboratively to ensure clarity, consistency and support. Records and interventions are recorded carefully and accurately to provide the data for research, including time, location, and what physical characteristics were involved.

13 conclusion Effective schools are schools that have rules and procedures that allows teachers to teach. They have school wide interventions and give teachers the support to share the joy of learning.

14 References

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