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dmillerteach
dmillerteach , Child Professional, School Administrator, Teacher asks:
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Do you think teachers should have the room to integrate their educational philosophy into the classroom?

With every public school following more or less the same curriculum, and the administrators enforcing this, and the teachers being forced to comply, where does personal motivation and intellect come into the profession? What do you do as a professional when you disagree with the major curriculum? How much are students affected if teachers are down about teaching curricula they don't believe in?
In Topics: School and Academics, Working with my child's teacher(s), National education standards and No Child Left Behind
> 60 days ago

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hlevitan
hlevitan , Teacher writes:
Denise,

Teachers always need to integrate their personal philosophy and enthusiasm into their teaching. Students sense when teachers are not being true to themselves, and it is important to be honest and authentic in the classroom.  This may be difficult when following a curriculum geared toward the test, but good teachers know how to put themselves into whatever they teach.

All schools are different; some schools give teachers more freedom to integrate creativity into teaching, and other schools teach to the test.  In my opinion, teachers need to make it a priority to bring intellect and motivation into their teaching so students will continue to learn effectively.

Here is an Education.com article that shows how many teachers are satisfied with their career in the NCLB era, âTeachers Happiest Theyâve Been in 20 Years.â http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Ed_Teachers_They_ve_Been/

Here is another article that addresses the opposite position, âHow Standardized Testing Damages Education.â http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_HOW_STANDARDIZED/

Standardized testing is an advantage because it offers accountability, but all teachers ultimately need to make themselves accountable for their studentsâ success.  In my opinion, bringing intellect and creativity into the classroom will ultimately prepare students for the test.

What is your opinion on the issue?

Best,

Hayley
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HeatherPeterson124
HeatherPete... writes:
Teachers should be able to do whatever it takes to provide quality education to their students. Many teachers are now also taking their online phd in education to ensure that they are capable of giving quality education.

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macknutty
macknutty writes:
I feel as a student. The teacher should be able to teach us students anything but keeping all professional in the classroom.
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