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Teachers, and the Students Who Need Them. FAFMD (10/11/08). What is the job of a Teacher?. To teach? To help students learn? To give students experience? To motivate? ? ? ? ?. Are we responsible for what a student knows/can do a year from know?. Jobs?.

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what is the job of a teacher
What is the job of a Teacher?
  • To teach?
  • To help students learn?
  • To give students experience?
  • To motivate?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • Nearly 75% of high school graduates enter college, but only 12% of these students will complete a significant college degree. (US Dept. of Ed)
  • For students who complete high school, only six in 10 will obtain a job
  • For students who drop out, only three in 10 will obtain a job. (Alliance for Excellence in education)
  • Assuming that each works until age 65 and earns the average salary
    • A high school graduate will earn nearly $333,000 more than a dropout,
    • A student with a college degree will earn $538,000 more than a high school graduate

(Alliance for Excellence in education)

why do students drop out
Why do Students Drop Out
  • The number one reason
    • “I wasn’t learning anything”
  • The number two reason
    • “I hate school”
  • Nine in ten students say they would work harder if their high school expected more of them.

(Gates foundation)

why do students drop out1
Why do Students Drop Out
  • 50 percent said
    • they left school because their classes were boring and not relevant to their lives
    • schools did not motivate them to work hard
  • Four years later, 74 percent of high school dropouts said they would have stayed in school if they had to do it over again

(Gates foundation)

gender gap
Gender Gap

Male Female

Special Education 70 % 30 %

4 Year Degree 43 % 57 %

Master’s 42 % 58 %

gender gap1
Gender Gap
  • Attention Deficit 4 Times Greater
  • Drop Out 30 % More Likely
  • Violent Crime 85 % More Likely
  • Suicide 6 Times as Likely

Boy vs. Girl






Is this us?

Not really.


Needed Time



Available Time



which choice should we make
Which Choice Should We Make?
  • Teach all the standards
  • Teach what standards we can fit in
  • Teach interesting lessons which hit standards
  • Teach what we want and don’t worry about the standards
  • Teach what we think we should-according to the textbook, our gut . . .
ctbs 9 th grade
CTBS-9th Grade

CTBS-6th Grade

what are the students saying
What are the Students Saying?
  • They love pathways
  • The facilities at the school are awesome
  • They believe their teachers care about them
  • They really like their teachers
    • Nice
    • Caring
    • Funny
what are the students saying1
What are the Students Saying?
  • There are slackers in the classroom who are just allowed to slack
  • To many students who talk back to the teachers and get away with it
  • Most of our quizzes are on Friday
  • When is tutoring?
  • What is the homework hotline?
what are the students saying2
What are the Students Saying?
  • 45 minutes is not enough time
    • Our teachers often rush through stuff
    • We rarely do hands on/real-life activities
    • We don’t get many examples (especially in math)
    • 90% of most classes are paper and pencil
    • “I know why we have to do the stuff, but we are often bored”
  • 90 minutes is too long, unless we break it up with activities or have a chance to move around
  • 60 to 70 minutes would be perfect
ask yourself
Ask Yourself
  • How did we get information in the past?
  • How do we get it now?
  • How will we get it in the future?
  • Is it more important to know information or know how to find it?
  • Is it more important to recall information or be able to use it?
  • How important is it to educate each and every student?
  • How important is content?