I believe it is possible to create an ideal school or classroom environment. There are ample examples in public and private schools throughout the US in which schools work tirelessly to shape their school culture to meet the needs of students and teachers, but I believe they come in different shapes and sizes.
Articles written by: Robert Ryshke
With the passage of Amendment 1, the “Charter School Amendment” in Georgia, now is the time to plan and look ahead. This is my challenge to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as he begins the process of implementing the Amendment 1 program.
I find it very interesting that in all the political rhetoric around Amendment 1, there is almost no conversation about what is best for students in Georgia. For me the issue is how do we improve public education in Georgia, and how do we do it with speed and fidelity?
Why do teachers count class participation as part of a student’s achievement grade? Is there a direct correlation between how much a student participates in a class and academic achievement? Is there a direct correlation between the quality of a student’s level of participation in a class and academic achievement?
Everyone believes they can define what it means to be a good teacher because just about everyone has experienced being in relationship with a “good teacher.” I believe our profession needs to take an active stand, creating a more demanding model for good teaching that highlights the qualities of a good teacher.