Interesting article: Teaching Well In Spite of Orders

May 20, 2010 Comments Off on Interesting article: Teaching Well In Spite of Orders

I’ve had many discussions with outstanding teachers around the country (Teachers of the Year, Milken Educators, NBCTs, and so forth). It always amazes me how few of the teachers being recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom can brag on the support of their administrators. Much more common are stories of subversion, sneaking around policies, breaking the rules, being the “odd one” on the faculty. 

I’ve never felt particularly unsupported in some of the things I’ve tried in my classroom, but I have felt pressure (mostly from the division office) not to try too many new things… I’m saddened to see that this phenomenon is spread across the continent.

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