Poorer schools with more diverse populations have poor educational programs. Teachers methodically drone out outdated curriculum on timetables set by standards set by the state. Students are not engaged or encouraged to be creative thinkers. They are often not even given handouts or physical elements of education to touch or feel or engage them into really connecting to the material being presented by the teacher in front of them. Time is not wasted exploring any of the subjects in a meaningful way.
On my first day of school in Seventh Grade, I noticed that I was excited much more than usual; I knew that the first year in Upper School would be drastically different from the years in Lower School. I had been a student of The Kew-Forest School ever since I was in Kindergarten, which means I knew many things about the school and I certainly would not get lost. However, going into seventh grade I had anticipated more difficult assignments and an abundance of tests and quizzes. Yet, even with all of these difficulties in the way, I managed to work my way around them. Along with that, I have joined together with new classmates and created friendships; I had also managed my friendships with other classmates from previous school years.
In School Suspension On my first day at Dunn Middle School, I learned that I had the gifted and talented classes, and assumed that discipline would be no problem for me. There was minimal chatter and the students seemed eager to learn. When I walked in on the second day, my co-op handed me a sheet of paper with the suspensions listed. This floored me, the infractions included fighting and sexual harassment. Over the next few weeks I saw that both out of school and in school suspensions were given a lot.
One assertion I think I can make is that its visible from my first day of student teaching to now you can see the improvement. Another teacher might interpret this moment similar to the way I view it. From observing the students seemed to enjoy the lesson and everyone in the class was actively participating. This event contributes directly to the general topic of classroom management. As a student teacher one fear I had was having inadequate skills in managing a classroom.
Mediation is now occurring on a regular basis and most issues brought to the mediators are resolved easily. The school intends to continue to expand on the mediation team-training students as others leave school.2 Another school of 750 students in a secondary, coeducational setup included a variety of cultural backgrounds throughout the school. This school recognized that a harassment problem was occurring in the school and a zero tolerance outcome was adapted for the school. There was a survey carried out for students from years 8 – 10 to gain a students perspective on the harassment situation in the school. The result of the survey helped teachers gain an understanding of what areas the harassment problems were prominent.
Most students go on with their lives and do not care if an assignment is finished, so there is no improvement upon the students’ grades. Therefore, no matter how much homework is assigned, we are still below the average mark. Plus, you will be surprised by certain individuals who do the work, while others may be lazy. So what is the point, if the majority of students do not put forth the effort? Homework is basically a hassle for students and it is something assigned to keep students busy; therefore, homework should not be given to high school students at SHS.
Students are often expected to sit quietly and adsorb the information the teacher is providing, despite if there is no interest in the topic or how the teacher is presenting it to the class. Because of this, students create a lack of interest in what they are learning and merely memorize what is required of them to achieve desirable grades. This practice is detrimental to students because they are not actually retaining any of the information being presented to them. Simple memorization of material is an ongoing problem with adult learners, with vital deep level learning failing to take place, creating apathy to be rampant in adult learning. With many students finding a lack of interest in their education, teachers and educators must a... ... middle of paper ... .... 20 October, 2012.
Going through high school, I only had one teacher that helped me with future English classes, Ms. Emilee Antill. I was in Ms. Antill’s English class my sophomore year of high school. Ms.Antill was the type of teacher who kept class interesting and stuck to the curriculum. She had to prepare us for a test called the EOC. The EOC is a cumulative test that you had to pass to advance to the next grade.
Teaching resources are adequate and resources were provided by the school management as per teachers need. All the teachers agree that they have been given access to resources and multimedia technology was accessible. However teachers agreed that the main challenges they come across is the lack of teacher training. All the teachers are trained primary teachers but except one, all the teachers were unfamiliar with inclusive education. Teachers know the conditions of the students but they have been unable to help the students because of the lack of knowledge.
In John Gatto’s essay “Against Schools” he states from experience as a school teacher that are current educational system is at fault (148). He claims that classrooms are often filled with boredom manufactured by repetitive class work and unenthusiastic teachings. Students are not actively engaged and challenged by their work and more often than not they have either already covered the concepts taught in class or they just do not understand what is being taught to them. The children contained in classrooms have come to believe that their teachers are not all that knowledgeable about the subjects that they are teaching and this advances their apathy towards education. The teachers also feel disadvantaged while fulfilling their roles as teachers because the students often bring rude and careless attitudes to class.