teacher can get into a rut by doing the
same thing semester after semester.
Have you talked with your teachers
lately about their jobs? Asking, “What
could I do to help you become a better
teacher?” always yields rich responses.
If nothing else, the question reminds
teachers about your role and lets them
know that you care. (Know, though, that
when you ask that question, you need
to be prepared to at least consider what
Is there a way to help a teacher
reinvent his or her job? Can you offer
some new technology? Would switching
locations or assignments help? Is there
an opportunity for teachers to come
together and capitalize on one another’s
talents and ideas in creating curriculum?
What would happen if you formed
cross-grade or cross-discipline teams
to look at student growth? How might
the art and social studies teachers learn
from one another? What insights could
kindergarten and 6th grade teachers
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October). One more time: How do you
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