The stats leave no doubt. There is huge dissatisfaction among teachers. The turnover rate is very high. We need to answer the obvious question, why don’t principals and administrators take better care of their teachers?
Research show the benefits of teaching kindness in schools makes it a must for nurturing social, emotional and mental health, and reducing bullying.
Learned helplessness is the belief that our own behavior does not influence what happens next; that is, behavior does not control outcomes or results. For example, when a student believes that she is in charge of the outcome, she may think, “If I study hard for this test, I’ll get a good grade.” On the contrary, a learned helpless student thinks, “No matter how hard I study for this test, I’ll always get a bad grade.” In school, learned helplessness relates to poor grades and underachievement, and to behavior difficulties.
I thought my second grade educator was a heavenly attendant. She had long, sandy blonde hair and a grin for everybody. What's more, she had the best name we had ever heard: Miss Jendulana (maintained "Jen"). We knew enough about letters to think, what is that "Jen" doing there?
My daughter has been studying in Candor International for two years and we have seen her change, from being a withdrawn girl to a more confident one. It makes me so happy as a father as she wasn’t always so confident and struggled with major issues from the time she turned eight. She was always a quiet and shy child but was good in studies and though she took long to make friends, when she did she cherished her friends and was so generous with them. We were living in Chennai then and she was studying in a pretty famous school.
Over the last two years, Heritage Elementary School has been able to create a laser-like focus that enables student achievement while protecting teacher autonomy in the classroom. In a time when high-stakes testing and accountability overwhelm new and veteran teachers alike, we want to empower teachers to feel confident in their abilities.
Even with the shift to Common Core standards, we have been able to increase student growth and proficiency by providing teacher training and programs that allow them to answer DuFour’s 4 Essential Questions:
When children are not learning, where can parents look for answers? Who will tell the truth?
The experts, you say? The same people, you mean, who shaped and controlled the schools where these kids aren’t learning? These experts do not inspire confidence. There are too many signs of failure and dysfunction. It’s as if we glanced into the kitchen of a restaurant and saw insects scurrying on counters. No matter how fancy the decor, we would be suspicious.
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Heritage Elementary charter school has been able to show success through using the Common Core Standards