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TEACHERS.NET GAZETTE
Volume 3 Number 5

COVER STORY
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? "...
ARTICLES
The Miracle of Teachers
Teaching: An Awesome Responsibility
The Teacher is the Difference
All my Children
Improving Classroom Grading Procedures
Computer Use Policy: Informing the User's Consent
Families Get Organized For Success
Museums: Hands-on and More!
A Dozen Sure Fire Ways to Boost Memory in the Diverse Classroom
Another Way To Look At It...or...Thinking Like A Child
A Lesson in Economics by Alan Greenspan
The Benefits of eBooks: Learning With an Attitude!
The Reading Puzzle
Nobody Should Go Through It
Temperate Deciduous Forests
"OH DEER!" Game
What? No TV!
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 5)
High School Research Papers
Music Lesson: Teaching High/Low Tones
Field Day
Field Day Games & Activities
The Creation-Evolution Controversy: A Guide for Teachers
Index of Columns
Index of Regular Features
Index of Informational Items
Gazette Home Delivery:

Teacher Feature...

The Teacher is the Difference

by Bill Page


There are many factors that can make a difference in student achievement, but:

THE TEACHER IS THE DIFFERENCE

Textbooks don't teach kids,
Administrators don't teach kids
Rules don't teach kids
Tests don't teach kids
Block schedules don't teach kids
State departments of education don't teach kids
Support staffs don't teach kids
Politicians don't teach kids.

TEACHERS DON'T GET TO CHOOSE:

Their working conditions, rooms, or materials;
Their students or their schedules;
Their administrators or their colleagues;
Their class loads, schedules or student-teacher ratio.

TEACHERS DON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE;
THEY ARE THE DIFFERENCE IN KIDS LEARNING

Kids don't know anything about school reform, high stakes testing, inclusion, site-based management or assessment-driven curriculum -- they just come to school. They have good days and bad days, Some days they learn a lot; some days seem to be a waste of time. Whether they learn a little or a lot depends on what their teacher decides to do.

TEACHERS TEACH KIDS. THEY DO IT BY:

Their minute to minute decisions, their communication skills and their knowledge.
They can provide motivation, they can make a kid feel competent and confident.
They can provide interest and offer opportunity; they can facilitate a kid's learning.

THE TEACHER IS THE DIFFERENCE IN KIDS' LEARNING

 

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