As someone who has been teaching in one form or another for the last 18+ years, teaching is one othe toughest jobs on the planet.
While it is true that one doesn’t risk his or her life like a policeman or fireman on a daily basis, teaching takes a very high amount of energy for the entire day. Virtually non-stop. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t much down time.
If unexpected interruptions are difficult in an office full of adults, imagine interruptions by small children all day long.
The best lesson plans are adaptable to this energy from children, and no plan on paper can prepare a young teacher for this.
Over the last decade +, I have been training teachers from every background from entry level to
decades of experience. My job was in education, but the private sector, in NYC and Philly for the past 12 years. So we had to make a profit and we had to retain students for our voluntary programs, as well as convincing principals year to year to stay with us.
Most people do not go into teaching for the money, but it is my belief that if a teacher is dedicated and talented, and puts in the years of experience, he or she should be well-compensated.
On the other hand, lazy teachers who somehow manage just enough success to avoid a major embarrassment while staying off the decision-makers’ radar, should be looked at more closely.
As expected, the representatives of the teachers exclaim, “nothing to see here,” even as it is obvious that poor teachers are being given a pass.
It seems that administrators decided if they were going to be forced to do these evaluations, they were going to do them similar to a beer-swilling, homer fan who loves his 2-9 football team.
After all, a poor teacher that is kept in place is a reflection on THEM. So it’s easier to simply say, “He’s great!” If that is too much, “He’s acceptable!”
Don’t our kids deserve better?