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I was very surprised to learn from teachers I’ve worked with that they must pay for professional development, which might be merited in some instances.  Teachers should never be required to pay for classroom instructional enrichment and behavioral etiquette training, however.

Hiring Teacher Development Coaches is also less prudent and less practical, in terms of benefitting all instructors and all students, accordingly, than requiring all teachers to complete web-based or online instructional enrichment/behavioral etiquette courses, in which any random instructors and students might be selected to participate during recording of segments of the training…

Web-based instructional enrichment would consist of modules of both text and video instruction of techniques utilized by highly effective instructors; the behavioral etiquette portion of the training would consist of enactments of varied acts of impropriety that have arisen in schools between or amongst instructors and students and instructors or any staff members and other staff…

Behavior etiquette training for instructors and other school staff is VERY important. Schools are too commonly a hostile environment for both students and staff, and this should not be.

More recently than acts described in a previous post, I worked at a school in Cordova with a very small group of students who I was told were violent and had severe emotional issues. My observation revealed little inappropriate behavior by the students, however, and very disturbing behavior by the instructor in the class, who upset a student who’d otherwise behaved normally, after making what was clearly a loaded statement about “mangled baby ducks.”

I immediately grabbed a dictionary to look up the word mangled, which I’d heard before, though I didn’t readily recall what it meant. I then understood why the student, who is very intelligent, by the way, ran out of the classroom, and why he was so upset. Mangled means to severely injure or mutilate by cutting or crushing, a term that had no place or relevance in the classroom in that particular instant…

The instructor, who has a military background, and another assistant in the class ran after and caught the student, and escorted him to another room for a cooling off period, and while I shook my head in disgust, of the instructor.

I could write a book just discussing specific incidences of hostility in education settings. I’ve mentioned the few incidences that I have to demonstrate the need for formal address of this issue as a component of teacher training and training amongst all school staff.

Students would be randomly selected and utilized in these recorded seminars to demonstrate effectiveness of certain methods of instruction over others. The noted training could also entail live podcasts via which instructors could interact with one another and/or trainers. It would also consist of quizzes and enable trainees to print summaries of key pointers or best instructional methods.

As I’ve previously indicated, instructional plans and all student assignments should come from school boards, considering that what teachers articulate in their own personal instructional plans might and often does differ from what they actually do in class.

I have personally witnessed some instructors inappropriately designate assignments to students that are not at their grade levels. In some instances the assignments were above students’ grade levels, and consisted of material to which subject students should be introduced in multiple grades forward, by Common Core standards

In other instances, students were assigned course material —routinely in some instances—significantly below their grade levels and capabilities, and were not sufficiently assigned work at their appropriate grade levels, in both regular and special education classes.

Allowing each instructor to produce their own lesson plans is tantamount to having a different and often ineffective school board in each classroom. THIS is a chief cause of academic discombobulation and underperformance amongst students.

It does not mean that any of the instructors is ineffective, however. It simply means that instructors require more or better direction from school boards, which are knowledgeable of what schools and/or instructors are effective, and they should utilize that knowledge to perfect all instructors and schools within their districts…