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What Are the Challenges of Teaching?

Key Question: What Are the Challenges of Teaching? (1.2)

Activity 1

good teacher vs. bad teacher

Bend a piece of paper in half.

  • On one side write five qualities of a good teacher.
  • On the other side write five qualities of a bad teacher.

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 differences?

Compare what you wrote for the qualities of a bad teacher and the qualities of a bad student. What are the similarities and differences?

 

Classroom Management and Increasing School Violence

  • 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 teach.
  • 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 adults.

vocabulary

burnout-an acute level of stress resulting in job dissatisfaction, emotional and physical exhaustion, and an inability to cope effectively.

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 attitudes.

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.

 

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