Key Question: What Are the Challenges of
good teacher vs. bad
Bend a piece of paper in half.
Flip the sheet of paper.
- On one side write the qualities of a good student.
- On the other side write the qualities of a bad student.
Compare what you wrote for the qualities of a good teacher and the
qualities of a good student. What are the similarities and
Compare what you wrote for the qualities of a bad teacher and the
qualities of a bad student. What are the similarities and
Classroom Management and Increasing School
- Classroom Management and Increasing School Violence.Discipline and
increased crime and violence among youth are strong concerns for educators.
Teachers must be able to manage their classrooms before they can begin to
- Social Problems that Impact Schools. (We will discuss these in detail
later)Social problems at home can effect a student in the classroom, and
the learning process for this student can also be effected. Some of theses
problems can include substance abuse, homelessness, poverty, child abuse,
child neglect, teen pregnancy, health problems such as HIV and fetal alcohol
syndrome. A child can sit in a classroom, and seem to have some kind of
learning disorder. The problem might actually be a specific social problem
such as an alcoholic parent, or parents divorcing and fighting constantly. How
can the teacher know what really impacts this child?
- Need for Family and Community Support. Support from parents and the
community can make a significant difference in teacher effectiveness in the
classroom. Communities can support schools by providing social, recreational
and health support to students and families. Parents can help with studies,
monitor television viewing, and attend school meetings. While teachers in
suburban and rural schools believe that parent support has increased over the
past 15 years, teachers in inner-city schools have experienced an alarming
decrease in parental support.
- Long Working Hours and Stress. A teacher's schedule surely seems
attractive! But reality is that teachers bring a lot of work home. Extra
duties include coaching, hall duty, record keeping, club sponsorships, parent
conferences before and after school, open house, preparation for class, and
grading papers. The average teacher works over 55 hours a week. Teachers also
deal with student's lack of interest, conflicts with administrations, public
criticism, overcrowded classrooms, lack of resources, and isolation from other
burnout-an acute level of stress resulting in job
dissatisfaction, emotional and physical exhaustion, and an inability to cope
To avoid burnout, teachers report that activities in the following seven
areas are beneficial: social support, physical fitness, intellectual
stimulation, entertainment, personal hobbies, self management, and supportive
Teacher student rations-ratio that expresses the number of
students taught by a teacher.
Student-mobility rates-the proportion of students within a
school or district who move during an academic year.