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Why They Leave. By Cynthia Kopkowski One afternoon, the public address system at Janet Griggs' school—where administrators have done away with paper memos—crackles with the announcement that staff heading to impending team meetings should refer to the room assignments listed in the e-mail they received that day. Confused teachers wander the halls confirming with one another that nobody got the e-mail. The PA system stirs to life again, informing teachers that administrators just realized they never sent it. The disembodied voice then starts giving instructions about the meetings, sending teachers scrambling for paper to write it all down. Administrators later send the e-mail after most of the meetings have adjourned.

If it were a Dilbert comic strip, readers would chuckle. Nationally, the average turnover for all teachers is 17 percent, and in urban school districts specifically, the number jumps to 20 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. NCLB Mandates Too Little Support. Background.pdf. The Qualities of Great Teachers. By Mark F. Goldberg You cannot achieve greatness by working from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Teaching, like every other serious profession, requires time. Dennis Littky, an award-winning principal, said, “You can't be a great teacher or principal and not work long, long hours” (personal communication, November 11, 1988). When well-known and respected teacher Thomas T. Most teachers belong to a teachers' association, union, or other organization that represents their interests. Love for the Age Group They Teach My wife, who had a successful 32-year career in elementary education, had a natural affinity for the early primary grades and grew increasingly uncomfortable with each grade above the 2nd.

About 25 years ago, when the shift from junior high schools to middle schools took hold, I came across many teachers who wanted to work with children of middle school age, 11 to 14, and who took pleasure in the special challenges that those years posed. An Effective Classroom Management Style. Highly Qualified Teachers. Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD) We are experiencing a high volume of calls and emails about the Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE) Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS) and licensing questions. We are responding to these calls and emails in the order we receive them. There is no need to call or email us again.

If you have placed an application in LVIS, it will be worked in the order received. We are working hard to handle your request as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience. Important Announcement on Proposed Licensing Rule ChangesThe State Board of Education has begun the promulgation process to make changes to Indiana’s educator preparation and licensure rules. 11/5/13--General Program Information about the Indiana CORE Assessments for educator licensure can be found in this FAQ document. Testing Information:Indiana is transitioning away from Praxis I to a new basic skills assessment—called CASA—during the summer of 2013.

Important Change Effective July 1, 2013 Important Notice Top FAQ's. Become a Teacher in Indiana | Teacher Certification in Indiana. To become a certified teacher in Indiana, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating the site with new information on a regular basis. To stay up-to-date with the latest in teacher certification, please complete the form in the right sidebar. Certification Requirements To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Indiana, teaching candidates must meet the following requirements: Completion of bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college/university. Indiana Teacher Prerequisite Coursework All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Indiana Teacher Preparation The Indiana Department of Education requires prospective teachers to complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher. Years ago, as a young, eager student, I would have told you that a great teacher was someone who provided classroom entertainment and gave very little homework. Needless to say, after many years of K-12 administrative experience and giving hundreds of teacher evaluations, my perspective has changed. My current position as a professor in higher education gives me the opportunity to share what I have learned with current and future school leaders, and allows for some lively discussions among my graduate students in terms of what it means to be a great teacher.

Teaching is hard work and some teachers never grow to be anything better than mediocre. They do the bare minimum required and very little more. The great teachers, however, work tirelessly to create a challenging, nurturing environment for their students. Great teaching seems to have less to do with our knowledge and skills than with our attitude toward our students, our subject, and our work. 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. Dr.