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Volume 3 Number 5

Harry & Rosemary Wong urge, "If you are a teacher applying for a job, it is essential that you ask the question at the interview: Does this district have a new teacher induction program? "...
Apple Seeds by Barb Erickson
Special Days This Month by Ron Victoria
Poem - Lines Written for a School Declamation
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • Alternative Landscaping by Goose
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    "Mother's Day Butterfly and Poem" from the Lesson Bank by Elaine Magud
    Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Teachers.Net Survey Teachers Remember "Their" Favorite Teachers
    The Lesson of Susan by key
    Sometimes we don't know what touches, and teaches, a student. by Juvie
    When Students ask, "Why Do We Need to Know This? When Will I Ever Use This?"
    What Is Most difficult About Teaching Today?
    Index of Columns
    Index of Articles
    Index of Informational Items
    Gazette Home Delivery:

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    What Is Most difficult About Teaching Today?

    from: The Teachers.Net Chatboard

    Amanda asked:

    I was wondering what some of you consider the most difficult aspect of teaching in elementary schools today. Do you think it is the discipline or is it more subject related?


    Posted by 5th grade teacher:

    Neither. The most difficult aspect of teaching today is that the focus is on the standards, not on the children. As teachers we are being asked to teach standards, not teach children. In the drive for accountability, we have lost our way on the path to educating children.

    Posted by Anon.:

    Keeping up with the knowledge base of teaching which is doubling every month it seems!

    Posted by Chang from Taiwan:

    I think education here has some drawbacks.

    1. Focus too much about paper work, like tests and reading. Some kids aren't born to do these things. Teachers only make them be good and sit in the classroom. They might need some special learning, but the teachers are just too busy with the paper teaching.
    2. We focus too much on intelligence. The kids may have more need to learn what actually happens in daily lives. I find kids are not good even to operate a CD player. What they learn in school link not well to daily life.
    3. We lack a system to train kids to be a good citizen. They even begin to learn English very early in Taiwan. But I find they lack the sense of duty to be a proper citizen.
    4. We train them to compete with other students, rather than cooperate. We put value on the high standards. But what is actually needed by a student to function well in the future is good attitude and compassion.