Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I teach at an inner-city school. I am sure it is nothing quite as rough as a Chicago, DC, or Detroit; but we have our issues. From my experience, let me offer a picture.
I am in my seventh year here (after teaching 13 years in wealthier areas) and there are now only two teachers in my building who have been here longer than I have. In my previous building, after 11 years, I was only about mid-way up the seniority ladder. Around here, I am one of the old-timers! Since starting here, I have had 6 different teaching partners.
When I ask my students how many of them have been here since kindergarten, less than a third raise their hands. For those students who have been here from the beginning, few of their former teachers are still teaching here. During the six years that the students have moved up the ranks, the staff has almost completely turned over - twice.
It seems to me that getting rid of bad teachers is not our core problem. The tricky part is getting ANY teacher to stay!
Posted by Andrew at 1:01 PM