“What you teach and how it is done involves much more than techniques and strategies based on content to be covered.”
Some people have not been prepared to manage their world. They don’t have a clue how to acquire and maintain good relationships.
Maybe the most significant aspect of accountability found in the teaching/learning contract is identifying to whom teachers are accountable.
Students theoretically agree to learn what is taught.
“Right now we provide students answers for which they have no questions. The challenge is to create conditions that stimulate curiosity, resulting in lasting and meaningful learning.”
These schools recognize that how to read, write, and mathematically compute is critical to everything else in the curriculum. These skills are essential to communicate and create. The ability to read, write, and calculate helps us become better citizens, family members, and workers.
For students to think deeply in applied circumstances, the curriculum in which they participate must give them time and opportunity to do just that
Teachers need the support of other teachers to help them improve everything from classroom management/discipline, to enlightening students academically, to stimulating their intellectual and emotional growth.
Mastery means a student is fundamentally changed as evidenced by differences in perspective and behavior. It is not achieved quickly but requires soak time and reflection.
The most challenging part is becoming more professionally assertive than I believed possible. To overcome my feelings of inadequacy and vulnerability in the face of change.