Tuesday, May 7, 2013

National Teacher Day - teachers want trust

May 7, 2013 - National Teacher Day
National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel salutes our amazing educators and encourages everyone to join in the celebration by thanking a teacher on National Teacher Day.
"As part of this year’s celebration, the National Education Association conducted an online poll, asking teachers, What do you want for National Teacher Day?”
Nearly 1,000 educators participated in the poll. Poll responses indicate that teachers still appreciate thank you cards, flowers and drawings from their students, but teachers also expressed growing concern and frustration with high stakes testing and the lack of classroom autonomy.
According to those participating in the online poll, the best “thank you” would be to:
 •“Trust my education and experience. Give me control over my students’ instruction and assessment” (29.1%)
•“Stop the standardized testing mania (28.06%)
•“Pay me the salary I deserve” (19.98%)
•“Smaller classes so I can give more individualized attention” (11.66%) “
•"A classroom with adequate school supplies” (5.66%)
•“More time for class preparation and grading” (5.54%)
“National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week provide a wonderful opportunity to thank teachers for their hard work throughout the year to help ensure the success of each and every student,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel."
National Teacher Day: Instead of coffee mug or flowers, teachers want trust-AJC