This article was shared with our faculty during faculty meeting today. This article is a good one. It is so true. The second and third elements I can personally attest to. The teamwork and camaraderie really do make the work place so much more enjoyable and in turn makes you want to do a good job. Last year, I felt like everyone at the school hated me, well they did, and I hated getting up in the morning and walking through the doors, I used to call the school 'hell' ( to the principle!!) He moved me this year to another grade where I am working with 5 different adults and they treat me as a friend and I love going to work in the mornings. I have also seen the results in the students. I have very few discipline problems this year because we are working and engaged during class time. My attitude is better which the kids can sense. Children really do sense conflict and self doubt. This year they have learned to add and subtract mixed numbers with different denominators in one day. I think my positive attitude and demanding excellence from them has forced them to use their brains. I don't think that I am that great of teacher but i do think that forcing the students to think made them remember things from last year. But anyway here is the link to the article, read it, it is a good one. Maybe someone will email it to the district officials so that real education can take place here in my state.
well the link will not paste correctly but please google A Teacher Quality Manifesto this is an article by Deborah Kenny In the Wall Street Journal.